Mae Carol Jemison

Mae Carol Jemison is a physician and astronaut who was the first African American women to go to space in 1992. She went aboard the Endeavour space shuttle along with 6 others. As a kid, she was interested in all science subjects but mostly astronomy. She received many awards for her accomplishments. In her early life, she took an interest in biomedical engineering but received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford. It was in 1981 when she furthered her education and received anM.D. from Cornell.

Before her space career, she spent her life as a doctor. She spent time in the Peace Corps and did medical research during these years. Then after returning, she followed her dreams of becoming an astronaut. She got into the training program back in 1987 and got the title mission specialist which entitled her to “conduct[] crew-related scientific experiments on the space shuttle” ( After a few years, she got her chance to go to space. After her NASA career, she spent time teaching and researching.

She has received a number of awards and leadership positions, including “the Essence Science and Technology Award, the Ebony Black Achievement Award in 1992, a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College in 1993, and was also named Gamma Sigma Gamma Women of the Year in 1990 and many more awards” ( She also had a school named after her. Her leadership positions included “the board of directors of the World Sickle Cell Foundation from 1990 to 1992, the American Medical Association, the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science” (

Mae C. Jemison is an amazing and intelligent woman who used her knowledge to something only a handful of people can say they have done. 


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