Dr. Mae Jemison
(1956-)

Dr. Jemison is an extremely accomplished person with experience as a chemical engineer, scientist, physician, teacher and astronaut. She also has training in African-American studies, dance and choreography. Jemison entered Stanford University in 1973 at the age of 16, graduated in 1977 and began Medical School at Cornell. While studying at Cornell, Jemison spent time providing medical care in Cuba, Kenya and Thailand. She earned her doctorate in medicine in 1981 and was accepted by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1987.

In 1988 Jemison completed astronaut training, becoming the first African-American female astronaut. Jemison is the first female of color to go into space, where she conducted experiments in 1992 aboard the space shuttle. She left NASA in 1993 to become a faculty member at Dartmouth College, where she is Director of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries.

Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama and raised in Chicago. Among her projects is The Earth We Share, which is an international science camp for students aged 12-16. She also hosts and is technical consultant to the Discovery Channel "World of Wonders" program.

Dr. Jemison has worked to make science an attractive career choice, while encouraging all people, especially women and minorities, to pursue the careers they choose in science, technology or any other fields.

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