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Mae Jemison        

First Black Woman in Space & Former NASA Astronaut; National Women's & International Space Hall of Famer Founder, 100 Year Starship

Dr. Mae C. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next century. As 100YSS' Principal, she is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment, support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision.

Dr. Jemison, who is a physician, engineer, educator and entrepreneur, was the first woman of color to go into space, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She left NASA a year later, having served as an astronaut for six years. Prior to joining NASA, she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles.

Dr. Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design, development and implementation of engineering and science projects. As an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, she taught classes on, and researched, technology design and sustainable development with special emphasis on developing countries. She is a worldwide respected voice in STEM education and is founder of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. She started The Earth We Share™, a unique international science literacy curriculum and program that builds student critical thinking and problem solving skills, and trains middle and secondary school teachers in experiential education.

Dr. Jemison was the founding Chairman of the state of Texas' Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board. A member of the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine, she is also an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame; the National Medical Association Hall of Fame; and the Texas Science Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of the National Organization for Women's Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award, among many honors.

An author of lay literature and technical articles, Dr. Jemison is sought for commentary on space exploration, science education, diversity, sustainability and development. She is the first real-life astronaut to appear on an episode of the "Star Trek" TV franchise, and is a LEGO figurine in the LEGO Women of NASA kit. She appears on Forbes magazine's 2023 "50 Over 50" list.

Dr. Jemison earned her B.S., Chemical Engineering and fulfilled requirements for A.B., African and Afro-American Studies from Stanford University and received her M.D. from Cornell University.

Speech Topics

STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Dr. Jemison discusses the importance of STEM in developing the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs. This is an important topic for college and universities, as well as municipal regions working in partnership with businesses to attract and develop STEM talent.

Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

Dedicating her life’s work to scientific, technological, and medical advancements, Dr. Jemison explores the frontiers of science and the human potential.


Kamala Harris' background resonates with trailblazing women of color
Mae Jemison was in kindergarten when the teacher asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. “A scientist,” Jemison beamed. The teacher looked down ...
NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps to become first Black woman living ...
A day after the agency's announcement, Mae Jemison, who was the first Black woman to travel into the space, congratulated Epps on Twitter. ADVERTISEMENT.
Astronauts Christina Koch, Jessica Meir: 2020 TIME 100 List | TIME
By Mae Jemison. September 22, 2020 9:34 PM EDT. In October 2019, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exited the International Space Station and replaced a ...
Opinion | I Was the First Woman of Color in Space. Here's What ...
In my years in NASA and since, I've seen the untapped potential of women, particularly women of color. By Mae Jemison. Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color ...

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