My famous person is Mae Jemison. She was an astronaut and a physician. She
was also the first African American woman to enter space.
Mae Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama on October 17, 1956. She was the
youngest of three children. The family moved to Chicago when Mae was only three years
old. There, her uncle introduced her to the world of science. When Mae was little, she
was interested in anthropology, archeology, and astronomy.
When Mae was sixteen, she enrolled at Stanford University. In 1977, she
graduated with degrees in chemical engineering and Afro American studies. She then
received a Doctorate Degree in Medicine from Cornell University in 1981. She also
became a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College.
Mae was working as a general practitioner in Los Angeles, California when
NASA selected her and fourteen others for astronaut training. She completed her training
as a mission specialist with NASA in 1988.
In September of 1992, Mae became a
member aboard the Shuttle Endeavor, making her the first African American woman to
Later in 1993, Dr. Mae Jemison resigned from NASA and founded the Jemison
Group, Inc. Some of her current projects focus on improving healthcare in Africa. Mae
Jemison is still living and is stationed at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas.
In my opinion Mae Jemison is a very successful person and shows all African
Americans that everyone is equal and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
She is also a great role model to anyone who wishes to become an astronaut.
Dr. Mae Jemison. 20 Feb. 2004 .
Mae C. Jemison. 20 Feb. 2004 .