Trailblazing Black Women: Science and Technology

Dr. Mae Jamison was the first woman of color in space and did so aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in 1992.

Dr. Jamison was born in 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. She speaks Russian, Swahili, and Japanese. She earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, fulfilled the requirements for a B.A. in African and Afro-American studies, and earned a doctorate of medicine from Cornell University.

Her work as a NASA astronaut spanned six years, from 1987 to 1993. Today, Dr. Jamison is a professor-at-large at Cornell University. As a public speaker, she promotes science among minority students around the country.

To learn more about her, including projects initiated by the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, visit

Source: NASA

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