Her Story: Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. In 1992 she became the first African-American woman in space, flying aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor. This is Her Story.

Jemison was born October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. She grew up in Chicago and from a young age she assumed she would get into space. She enjoyed science and all types of dance growing up. Jemison graduated from Chicago’s Morgan Park High School in 1973 and entered Stanford University at 16 years old! She graduated from Stanford in 1977, receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering. Additionally, Jemison was very involved in the black community and served as head of the Black Students Union during her college years.

Jemison obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981 at Cornell Medical College, she worked as a general practitioner for a short time after her internship. Jemison served in the Peace Corps for several years until she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps in 1985. She now holds nine honorary degrees in science, letters, engineering, and the humanities. Mae Jemison is an inspiration to every little girl that has ever looked at the stars and wondered how far she could reach.

Mae Jemison

Links for Learning:

Mae C. Jemison – Biography


Mae Jemison – American physician and astronaut

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