Mae Carol Jemison

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Mae Carol Jemison

Mae Carol Jemison

Chilhood and SchoolingCarol Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama and she lived near the Marshall Space Flight Center. In her school, Morgan Park High School, she was elected for school government, and loved dancing which made her feel like she had strength and grace. She also loves to read, take photos, and speak many diverse languages. When she was younger, she was inspired by the fictional space explorer, Lieutenant Ahura, who was in the show Star Trek during the 1960s. After she graduated High School, she got a scholarship to Stanford University graduating with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. She did medical schooling at Cornell University in 1981.

Jobs After going to college, Jemison joined the Peace Corps as a medical officer from 1983-1985 in West African counties like Sierra Leone and Liberia. After working for NASA form 1987-1993, she founded the Jemison Group. It was developed by ALAFIYA, which is a satellite based telecommications systems to improve health care in developing nations. Jemison was a proffesor as well. She taught in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College, where she directed the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries.

The Ship Endeavour which Jemison was on

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AccomplishmentsMae Carol Jemison was the first and only African American women to be in space. This was on the date of September 20, 1992, when she flew the space vessel Endeavor, becoming the first African American women to be in space. Because of this accomplishment, she was given multiple awards and honorary doctorates. She recieved the 1988 Essence Science and Technology Award, the Ebony Black Achievement Award in 1992 and a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College in 1993. She was also named Gamma Sigma Gamma Woman of the Year in 1990. In 1992, a public school in Detroit, Michigan, named a school after her, the Mae C. Jemison Academy.

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