Mae C. Jemison
C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle
Endeavour, September 12, 1992, the world's first woman of color
to go into space and the city of Chicago's first astronaut
in U.S. history.
attended Stanford University and graduated with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and fulfilled the requirements
for an A.B. in African and Afro-American studies. She completed
her medical doctorate at Cornell University. Jemison was a General
Practitioner in Los Angeles with the INA/Ross Loos Medical Group,
and then spent 2 ½ years as Area Peace Corps medical officer
for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa.
formed The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology design and consulting
company. Projects have included consulting on the design and
implementation of solar thermal electricity generation systems
for developing countries and remote areas and the use of satellite-based
telecommunications to facilitate health care delivery in West
Africa. As Director of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology
in Developing Countries and Professor of Environmental Studies
at Dartmouth College, Jemison works on sustainable development.
The institute is organizing a S.E.E.ing the Future (Science,
Engineering and Education) Institute for the National Science
Foundation, a project to consider the role of public funding
in science and technology research in the future. Jemison also
created The Earth We Share*. Jemison also serves as Bayer Corporation's
national science literacy advocate.
and awards include induction into the National Women's Hall of
Fame; selection as one of the People magazines' 1993 "World's
50 Most Beautiful People"; Johnson Publications Black Achievement
Trailblazers Award; the Kilby Science Award; National Medical
Association Hall of Fame; selection as a Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth
College; and numerous honorary doctorates. She was the host and
technical consultant of the "World of Wonder" series
on the Discovery channel, appeared in an episode of Star Trek:
the Next Generation, and was the subject of the PBS documentary
The New Explorers.