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Galen (alias)

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Picard as Galen

Galen was an alias taken on by Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 2370 while investigating the ransacking of an archaeological site on Dessica II.

Picard adopted this alias when his investigation drew the attention of the thieves, led by Arctus Baran. As Galen, Picard claimed that he was a smuggler who had had dealings with Starfleet. (TNG: "Gambit, Part I", "Gambit, Part II")

Picard may have chosen the name "Galen" in honor of his mentor, Professor Richard Galen who appeared in TNG: "The Chase". Galen was also a respected Greek physician from the A.D. 100s on Earth.

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