Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors

By Otha Richard Sullivan | Go to book overview

MAE
JEMISON, M.D.
(B.1956)

As a little girl, Mae Jemison wondered if there were aliens in outer space and worried that the aliens would bump into an American spacecraft full of men and think that all humans looked like these guys. Mae was only eight years old when the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova, went into space. It was her early affirmation that women could also go into space.

Mae Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama, on October 17, 1956. Her father, Charlie, was a maintenance supervisor, and her mother, Dorothy Green, taught English and math. At age three, Mae moved to Chicago with her family. Mae's uncle encouraged her to study astronomy, anthropology, evolution, and archaeology. Young Mae was curious about the world around her and asked many questions.

Her parents, teachers, and mentors knew that Mae was destined to achieve greatness. Mae always considered her parents her best role models, saying, “They demanded and demonstrated that one should seek to understand the world around them, and always be open to learning.” Mae says, “The joy of my life as a young child came from

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - The Early Years 5
  • Ellen F. Eglin (1849–?) 7
  • Sara E. Goode (1850–?) 13
  • Miriam E. Benjamin (–?) 18
  • Part Two - Into the New Century 23
  • Madame C.J. Walker (1867–1919) 25
  • Annie Turnbo Malone (1869–1957) 31
  • Roger Arliner Young, Ph.D. (1889–1964) 35
  • Marjorie Stewart Joyner, Ph.D. (1896–1994) 40
  • Part Three - Modern Times 45
  • Mildred Austin Smith (1916–1993) 47
  • Bessie Blount Griffin (1913–?) 51
  • Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.(B.1919) 56
  • Evelyn Boyd Granville, Ph.D.(B.1924) 62
  • Jewel Plummer Cobb, Ph.D.(B.1924) 68
  • Angela D. Ferguson, M.D.(B.1925) 72
  • Reatha Clark King, Ph.D.(B.1938) 77
  • Betty Wright Harris, Ph.D.(B.1940) 83
  • Patricia Bath, M.D.(B.1942) 88
  • Valerie Thomas (B.1943) 93
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. (B.1946) 97
  • Alexa Canady, M.D.(B.1950) 102
  • Sharon J. Barnes (B.1955) 108
  • Mae Jemison, M.D. (B.1956) 112
  • Ursula Burns (B.1958) 117
  • Aprille Joy Ericsson Jackson, Ph.D. (B.1963) 121
  • Dannellia Gladden Green, Ph.D. (B.1966) 126
  • Chavonda J. Jacobs Young, Ph.D. (B.1967) 130
  • Chronology 135
  • Notes 141
  • Bibliography 143
  • Picture Credits 145
  • Index 147
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