Dr Mae Jemison Bio

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Mae C. Jemison - M.D., NASA Astronaut

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, first woman of colour in the world to go to space, is one of eight legendary astronauts to bring to vivid life the extraordinary story of Earth in National Geographic’s ONE STRANGE ROCK, executive produced by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia. As one of the elite few people to have left Earth behind, Jemison shares her unique perspective on the fragility and wonder of planet Earth.

Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far-reaching, non-profit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison 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 – An Inclusive, Audacious Journey That Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond.                                                                                                                                             

Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut. Aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J mission in September 1992, she performed experiments in material science, life sciences and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Jemison started the Jemison Group, Inc. (JG) technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects, such as satellite technology for health care delivery and solar dish Stirling engine electricity in developing countries. JG researches and develops stand-alone science and technology companies. An environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison worked on sustainable development and technology design, particularly for the developing world. Before joining NASA, she was the area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general-practice physician in Los Angeles.

In 1994, Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for 12-16-year-old students from around the world, a program of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF). From 2011 to 2014, DJF held TEWS-Space Race in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and she trained hundreds of middle-school teachers in experiential science education and more than thousands of middle-school students. Other foundation programs include Reality Leads Fantasy – Celebrating Women of Color in Flight, which highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world. EXPO Inspire is a hands-on public STEM fair. LOOK UP™ announced in September 2017 an international movement to galvanize people worldwide on a single day to acknowledge that we are Earthlings.

Jemison is Bayer Corporation USA’s national science literary ambassador. In addition to her role on National Geographic’s ONE STRANGE ROCK, Jemison is a space operations advisor for the global event series MARS.

Jemison is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and is on the boards of directors of Kimberly-Clark, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Medical Center. She was the founding chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board, chair of the Texas State Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Cluster, chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recover Task Force and served on the board of Scholastic, Inc. and Valspar Corporation. Jemison is an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame, the Texas Science Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, the Kilby Science Award and National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship 100 most influential people in the boardroom in 2014. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the New York Academy of Sciences. She was a featured panellist on the CNBC Special “The Business of Science” (9/2011) and was one of the teachers on “The Dream School.”

Jemison is an author of Find Where the Wind Goes Moments From My Life, True Books series on space exploration. She was the first real astronaut to appear on the “Star Trek” TV series and is a LEGO figurine in the LEGO Women of NASA kit.

Residing in Houston, Texas, Jemison enjoys jazz dance, photography, skiing and foreign languages.

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