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Dr. Mae Jemison is an American physician and engineer. She was the first African-American to be a NASA astronaut. She served in the Peace Corps for two years. She founded the Jemison Group and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.
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Key Facts & Information
- Mae Carol Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama.
- She was born as the youngest child of Charlie Jemison, a maintenance supervisor, and Dorothy Green, an elementary school teacher.
- When she was three years old, she and her family moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue better opportunities in education and employment.
- At a young age, Jemison was already fascinated by science.
- When she was asked by her teacher what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said she wanted to be a scientist.
- Jemison pursued dance when she was 11 years old.
- She trained in ballet, jazz, modern dance, African dance, and Japanese dance.
Education and Inspirations
- One of Jemison’s main inspirations is Martin Luther King, Jr.
- When the Apollo was launched, Jemison remembers being irritated by the lack of female astronauts.
- She viewed the civil rights movement as a call to break down barriers.
- In 1973, Jemison graduated from Chicago’s Morgan Park High School.
- She attended Stanford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1977.
- She also completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and Afro-American Studies.
- In Stanford, she headed the Black Students Union.
- According to Jemison, being a black woman in her university was difficult because of racial discrimination.
- She decided between pursuing professional dance or a medical degree upon graduation.
- She chose to attend medical school in New York.,
- In 1981, she obtained her medical degree at Cornell Medical College.
- While still in medical school, Jemison traveled to provide medical care to people in Thailand, Cuba, and Kenya.
- She completed her internship at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
- She worked as a general practitioner in 1982.
- Jemison juggled studying medicine and taking modern dance lessons at the Alvin Ailey School.
Peace Corps Work
- From 1983 to 1985, she served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer and attended to the health and medical needs of the Peace Corps volunteers in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- Jemison worked with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in vaccine research.
- As a Peace Corps Medical Officer, she also designed and implemented health and safety guidelines as well as self-care manuals.
- Jemison applied to be a NASA astronaut in 1983 after the flight of Sally Ride had launched.
- The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 delayed her involvement with NASA.
- She reapplied in 1987 and was accepted into the astronaut program.
- Before her shuttle launch, she worked at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to help support the launch of vehicles.
- She also worked in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) by helping to verify computer software.
- Jemison’s only flight to space mission happened from September 12 to 20, 1992 when she worked as a Mission Specialist on STS-47.
- As a Mission Specialist, she worked on two bone cell research experiments.
- Jemison also investigated and experimented on weightlessness and motion sickness on herself and six other crew members on the mission.
- STS-47 was a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan.
- There were 44 experiments on life science and materials processing conducted on that space mission.
- She resigned from NASA in March 1993.
Career in Science
- Jemison is a strong advocate of science education.
- Jemison was a professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College for seven years (1995 to 2002).
- She is a Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
- She founded the Jemison Group in 1993.
- The Jemison Group focuses on the research and development of science and technology projects that are relevant to people’s daily lives.
- Jemison founded the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, a foundation named after her mother.
- An international science camp called The Earth We Share (TEWS), where students collaborate to solve global issues, is one of the foundation’s projects.
- She founded BioSentient Corp in 1999.
Media and Public Appearances
- Jemison was the first real-life astronaut to appear in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- She appeared in World of Wonder, a science series on the Discovery Channel, where she was a host and consultant.
- Jemison has given public speeches and lectures in universities and at events to encourage young people and advocate for the significance of a career path in science and technology.
Significant Work and Legacies
- Jemison founded a dance studio in her own home.
- She wrote her memoir entitled Find Where the Wind Goes which was published in 2001.
- She co-authored a series called True Book Series with Dana Meachen Rau and the series was published in 2013.
- Jemison has received multiple awards for her contributions in science and technology: Johnson Publications Black Achievement Trailblazers Award (1992), Kilby Science Award (1993), Turner Trumpet Award (1993), and Buzz Aldrin Space Pioneer Award (2017), among others.
- She has received nine honorary doctorates.
Mae Jemison Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Mae Jemison Facts
- Chicago Native
- Master of Many
- Mix and Mae
- Before Take-Off
- The Astronaut Life
- Jemison Word Search
- True or False
- Involved in Institutions
- Mae Says
- My Vision Board
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