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. (more…)