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Mae Jemison

Jemison was born in Alabama in 1956; 36 years later she would become the first woman of colour in space.

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
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This is just one amongst Jemison’s many extraordinary achievements. At the age of 16, she gained a scholarship to Stanford University, graduating 4 years later with degrees in both chemical engineering and Afro-American studies.

Jemison went on to become a qualified physician, working as a GP before serving in the Peace Corps on missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In the late 1980’s, Jemison was recruited by NASA for their spaceflight missions. And in 1992, Jemison served on the spacecraft Endeavour as mission specialist, becoming the first woman of colour in space. During the mission, Jemison performed experiments into bone cells, weightlessness and motion sickness.

She later left NASA to pursue an entrepreneurial career, founding two technology companies as well as a foundation dedicated to improving scientific literacy and bringing advanced technology around the world. Jemison currently leads the 100 Year Starship Foundation: a project aiming to achieve human interstellar spaceflight by 2112.

Jemison is a true Renaissance woman: a doctor, dancer, astronaut, advocate and entrepreneur. She speaks four languages and holds 9 doctorate degrees. Jemison’s achievements have improved the world in a variety of ways and her enthusiasm for new challenges is an inspiration to us all.

Mae Jemison is a true Renaissance woman

  • A qualified doctor, dancer, entrepreneur & astronaut
  • Attended university at 16, graduating with 2 degrees: Chemical Engineering & Afro-American Studies
  • Served in the Peace Corps in Liberia & Sierra Leone
  • Recruited by NASA & became the first woman of colour in space
  • Founded 2 tech companies & a charitable foundation
  • Leads project aiming to achieve human interstellar spaceflight by 2112

Last updated: 01 February 2018


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