Mae Jemison Biography

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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

enter space.

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.

Works Cited

Dr. Mae Jemison. 20 Feb. 2004 .

Mae C. Jemison. 20 Feb. 2004 .