Mae Jemison

Astronaut

1956 –

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Who is Mae Jemison?

Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.

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Born
Oct 17, 1956
Decatur
Also known as
  • Dr. Mae Jemison
  • Mae Carol Jemison
  • Dr. Mae C. Jemison
Parents
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Morgan Park High School
    ( - 1973)
  • Doctor of Medicine, Cornell University
    ( - 1981)
  • Bachelor of Science, Stanford University
    Chemical Engineering
    ( - 1977)
Lived in
  • Decatur

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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