Kirk: Mister Cochrane, do you have a first name? Cochrane: Zefram. Kirk: Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centuri, the discoverer of the space warp? In the episode Metamorphosis, Cochrane is referred to as "Zefram Cochrane of Alpha Centuri." I believe the writer's intent was that Alpha Centuri was the star system closest to our own. But is it possible that Alpha Centuri instead referred to the name a company or organization? Alpha Centuri could be a company like Microsoft, or Boeing, or General Electric. It would have been like Kirk saying "Kelly Johnson of Lockheed." This would suggest that Cochrane was employed by Alpha Centuri Or Alpha Centuri could refer to Cochrane's own small organization, the chosen name of his little band of builders and engineers. Would Alpha Centuri have to be the star system? .