Mae Jemison was
born the youngest of three children in Decatur, Alabama on October
17, 1956. When Mary was three years old her family moved to Chicago.
Mae's uncle introduced her to the world of science when she was
very young. Mae especially enjoyed sciences that focused on how
the human body works and why people act the way they do. She also
enjoyed learning how people lived in the past and had a great interest
in space. Mae was a good student and enrolled at Stanford University
when she was 16. She graduated with degrees in chemical engineering
and Afro-American studies and went to Cornell University so she
could become a doctor of medicine.
After Mae finished
her schooling to be a doctor she volunteered to work in a Cambodian
refugee camp and was a medical officer with the Peace Corps in West
Africa. When she returned to the United States she became a family
doctor until NASA selected her to train to become an astronaut.
After Mae completed her training she was selected to be an astronaut
and flew into space in September of 1992.
Mae Jemison is
no longer an astronaut. She is currently a professor at Dartmouth
College and she helps with the TV show "World of Wonders"
on the Discovery Channel. Mae Jemison is a great scientist and she
will always be known as the first African-American woman to enter