Engineer, Physician and NASA Astronaut
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first
woman of color in the world to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in
1992. Serving six years as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jemison is an icon of both the women’s rights and
civil rights movement, inducted into both the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993) and the
International Space Hall of Fame (2004).
A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international
science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world. In
2011, Jemison also launched the TEWS-Space Race, with the goal of improving science achievement
for under served Los Angeles-area students who are underrepresented in the sciences. Dr. Jemison
continues to be a vocal advocate for improving education access and advocating for greater inclusion of girls in STEM programs. Jemison’s book, Find Where the Wind Goes, is geared for teenagers
and explores her experiences growing up on the South Side of Chicago, cultivating her aspirations to
be a scientist, and her history-making journey into space.
Following her time in NASA, Dr. Jemison founded both The Jemison Group and BioSentient
Corporation. A technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group explores and develops stand-alone
science and technology programs, integrating the critical impact of socio-cultural issues with
revolutionary technologies. Among The Jemison Group’s groundbreaking work is a project to use
satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and another to use solar dish Stirling
engines for electricity generation in developing countries.
Currently, Dr. Jemison leads The 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a revolutionary initiative to assure the
capability for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century.
Involved in a wide range of programs and causes, Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy
of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of: Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic,
Inc., Texas Medical Center, and Valspar Corp. She’s also a Trustee of Morehouse College and served as
the Chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board and the
Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force. Among many honors,
awards and honorary degrees she has received the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award
and the Kilby Science Award. Jemison appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation,
hosted the Discovery Channel series World of Wonder, and was chosen by People magazine as one of
the “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People.”
In addition to all her work, Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social
responsibility, technology and motivation. Sh has appeared on BBC, The McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC
Nightline, NPR and CNN.
Prior to NASA, Jemison was a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a
half years, overseeing the healthcare system. Jemison earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering
and her M.D. from Cornell University.
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