Doctor Ira Graves, PhD, was a male Human molecular cyberneticist in the 24th century. Graves was believed to be one of the finest scientific minds of his time and was a recipient of the Zee-Magnees Prize.
Late in his life, Graves retired to Gravesworld where he lived in virtual solitude, except for his assistant Kareen Brianon. His work continued there, and, by 2365, it had reached a critical stage. He had planned to transfer his consciousness into a computer.
Graves had also secretly fallen in love with Kareen, regretting the difference in their respective ages and finding himself too old for her.
Graves had began to suffer from Darnay's disease. He suspected an illness, but did not seek a doctor's help since he planned to survive through a computer. However, Kareen secretly signaled for help and Starfleet sent the USS Enterprise-D. He then met Data for the first time, and saw an unexpected opportunity to usurp control of Data's body, after which his original body died. His body was put into space in a torpedo casing.
Graves' essence existed in Data like a split personality exhibiting dominance over Data's. Although Graves initially tried to hide this fact, it quickly became apparent as his personality became unstable. After realizing that he had become a danger to others, Graves chose to leave Data's body and transfer himself to the Enterprise main computer. This allowed his vast knowledge to be stored permanently, although the Human element could not be salvaged. (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")
Background information Edit
Doctor Graves was played by W. Morgan Sheppard in his proper Human form and by Brent Spiner when Graves was in control of Data's body.
Graves' receipt of the Zee-Magnees Prize was not established in dialogue, but a certificate was seen in his laboratory. This was a reference to "The Ultimate Computer", where the prize was first mentioned.
Given that Soong appeared to be several years older than Graves in "Brothers", Graves may have been lying about Soong being his student.
The title to the episode is the same as an episode from the 1960s British science fiction show The Prisoner whose star, Patrick McGoohan, was originally intended to play the part of Graves. (Star Trek Encyclopedia)
The computerized Ira Graves featured several in-jokes, including another reference to the Japanese series Dirty Pair in the form of "Kal(Yu/RJ) = DP (Angle)". (See 'Kei', 'Yuri', 'Dirty Pair', and 'Lovely Angels')
In the episode's script, Dr. Graves was a quantum physicist and was in his late seventies.