The first african-american woman in space, Dr. Mae C. JemisonJan 20th, 2011 | By Ladaneey Magazine | Category: Featured, Nolosha
The first African-American woman in space, Dr. Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama but considers Chicago, Illinois her hometown. She received a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering (and completed the requirements for a Bachelor in African and Afro-American studies) at Stanford University in 1977.
Dr. Jemison also received a Doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University in 1981. After medical school she did post graduate medical training at the Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center. As an area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa, she managed the health care delivery system for U.S. Peace Corps and U.S. Embassy personnel.
Jemison’s background includes work in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and reproductive biology. She also developed and participated in research projects on the Hepatitis B vaccine and rabies.
Jemison was a General Practitioner and attending graduate Engineering classes in Los Angeles when she was named an astronaut candidate in 1987. She flew her first flight as a science mission specialist on STS-47, Spacelab-J, in September 1992. She was co-investigator for the Bone Cell Research Experiment on that mission. In completing her first space flight, Jemison logged 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space.
Jemison resigned from NASA in March 1993. In 1994, she founded and began a term as chair of The Earth We Share (TEWS), an annual international science camp where students, aged 12 to 16, work together to solve current global dilemmas.
From 1995- 2002 she was a professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. She is currently director of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in developing countries. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and several corporate boards of directors on the Texas Governor’s State Council for Science and Biotechnology Development.
Dr. Jemison published her memoirs, Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life in 2001. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Honors and awards
* 1988 Essence Science and Technology Award
* 1990 Gamma Sigma Gamma Woman of the Year
* 1991 McCall’s 10 Outstanding Women for the 90s
* 1991 Pumpkin Magazine’s (a Japanese Monthly) One of the Women for the Coming New Century
* 1992 Johnson Publications Black Achievement Trailblazers Award
* 1993 National Women’s Hall of Fame
* 1993 Ebony magazine 50 Most Influential women
* 1993 Kilby Science Award
* 1993 Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth
* 1993 People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful and sexy People in the World”
* 1993 Turner Trumpet Award
* 2002 listed among the 100 Greatest African Americans according to Molefi Kete Asante.
* 2003 Intrepid Award by the National Organization for girls
* 2004 International Space Hall of Fame
* 1992 Mae C. Jemison Science and Space Museum, Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Illinois
* 1992 Mae C. Jemison Academy, an alternative public school in Detroit, Michigan
* 2001 Mae Jemison School, an elementary public school in Hazel Crest, Illinois
Doctors honoris causa
* 1991 Doctor of Letters, Winston Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
* 1991 Doctor of Science, Lincoln College, Pennsylvania
* 2000 Doctor of Humanities, Princeton University 
* 2005 Doctor of Science, Wilson College 
* 2006 Doctor of Science, Dartmouth College 
* 2007 Doctor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College 
* 2007 Doctor of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
* 2008 Doctor of Humanities, DePaul University 
* 2009 Doctor of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
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