Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlight: Happy Birthday Dr. Mae Jemison!

Happy Birthday Dr. Mae Jemison!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Jemison – truly inspirational and phenomenal scientist!

Dr. Mae Jemison is an astronaut, chemical engineer, physician, entrepreneur, academic and someone who I always admired growing up. Dr. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. After graduating at the age of 16 from Morgan Park High School in 1973 she earned a B.S. chemical engineering and a B.A. in African-American studies from Stanford University. After graduating she entered Cornell University Medical College. In 1981 she graduated and began working as a general practitioner and served in the Peace Corps. Later she decided to switch careers to become an astronaut.

On June 4, 1987, she became the 1st African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program. Five years later on September 12, 1992, she flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47. In March of 1993 she left NASA, accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth College and founded the Jemison Group.

Here are just a few of the many accomplishments of Dr. Jemison. If you want to learn more about Dr. Jemison check out the links below. 

Dr. Jemison is an inspirational Mademoiselle Scientist. She inspires me to continue to pursue my dreams despite the challenges. Her journey shows that you can achieve any dream you have even if it involves changing career directions.

Here are two of my favorite inspirational quotes by Dr. Jemison:

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out…You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.”

“Science is very important to me, but I also like to stress that you have to be well-rounded. One’s love for science doesn’t get rid of all the other areas. I truly feel someone interested in science is interested in understanding what’s going on in the world. That means you have to find out about social science, art, and politics.”


Mae C. Jemison. (2013). The Biography Channel website. Retrieved 12:06, Oct 17, 2013, from

Mueller, Michael; LaBalle, Candace. “Jemison, Mae C. 1957–.” Contemporary Black Biography. (October 17, 2013).

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