Dr. Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

Harmar celebrates Black History.

Throughout February, we’ll be shining a spotlight on pioneers, innovators, difference makers, and history shakers that have shaped our world.

Doctor. Engineer. Peace Corps Volunteer. Author. Astronaut.

Dr Mae Jemison NASA Astronaut Portrait

Mae Jemison has lived a life and had a career that is nothing short of extraordinary. Though her accomplishments are many, Ms. Jameson is most widely recognized as the first African-American Female Astronaut.

Born October 17, 1956, in Alabama, the Jemison family moved to Chicago when Mae was three years old, so she and her siblings could have access to greater opportunity. It turned out to be a move that would be wildly successful for Mae.

After high school, Ms. Jemison was accepted into Stanford University with a National Achievement Scholarship. In Palo Alto she would earn a BS in chemical engineering, moving then to Cornell University’s Medical College where would earn an M.D. in 1981.

After time abroad in the Peace Corps, she would ultimately apply to be a part of the NASA Astronaut Training Program. On June 4, 1987, Jemison would become the first African-American woman accepted to the astronaut program, ultimately becoming a science mission specialist.

On September 12, 1992, aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor, Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space.

Dr. Mae Jemison in zero gravity

Harmar salutes Dr. Mae Jemison!

For more of Dr. Jemison story:

Mae Jemison’s profile at WomensHistory.org

Astronaut Mae Jemison featured at Biography.com