Last Updated: 25 Mar, 2023 | Views: 874
Other Profession(s): Engineer, Physicist, Professor
Higher Education: BA, BS, Doctor of Medicine
Mae Carol Jemison is an astronaut, physician, and engineer born on October 17, 1956. She is also a former NASA astronaut. Jemison earned degrees in chemical engineering and African and African-American studies from Stanford University. She is originally from Alabama and grew up in Chicago. Then, she graduated from Cornell University with a medical degree. During her service aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, she became the first black woman in space. She joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1987, serving for nearly eight days on September 12–20, 1992, during the STS-47 mission.
In 1981: Mae Carol Jemison graduated with an M.D. degree.
From 1983 to 1985, Jemison served as a medical officer for the Peace Corps.
In 1987, Jemison reapplied for a NASA astronaut position and was selected among nearly 2,000 applicants to be part of the NASA Astronaut Group 12, the first group selected following the Challenger explosion.
In 1987: Mae Carol Jemison was named the "first black woman astronaut" by the Associated Press.
In 1992: Mae Carol Jemison flew the 50th shuttle mission, STS-47, a joint mission between the United States and Japan.
In March 1993: Mae Carol Jemison resigned from NASA to start her own business.
Awards & Achievements:
1988 Essence Science and Technology Award
1990 Gamma Sigma Sigma Woman of the Year
1992 Johnson Publications Black Achievement Trailblazers Award
1992 Ebony Black Achievement Award
1993 National Women's Hall of Fame
2002 Texas Women's Hall of Fame inductee
From 1990 to 1992, Jemison served on the World Sickle Cell Foundation board of directors.
Jemison founded The Jemison Group Inc. in 1993 as a consulting firm that examines technological advancements and design from a sociocultural perspective.