Fatima al-Fahiri and The Al-Qarawiyyin University

Fatima al-Fahiri and The Al-Qarawiyyin University


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Artist’s depection of Fatima al-Fihiri. Source:[14]
Name: Fatima bint Muhammad Al-Fihriya Al-Qurashiya

Life: 800 C.E. – 880 C.E. (Died aged 80)

Known for: Establishing the oldest existing and currently operating educational institution to award degrees


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Dr. Kalpana Chawla – Astronaut

Dr. Kalpana Chawla

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” – Dr. Kalpana Chawla



Name: Kalpana Chawla

Life: March 16 1972  –  February 1st 2003 (died aged 40 in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster)


BEng: Aeronautical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College (Chandigargh, India)

MS: (1) Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

 (2) Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

PhD: Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Occupation: Astronaut (flew on Space Shuttle Columbia as Mission Specialist), space scientist, aeronautical and aviation engineer

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Katherine Johnson – Mathematician and Space Scientist

Katherine Johnson 


“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics”. – Katherine Johnson on the fundamentality of STEM



Name: Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson

Life: Born 26th August 1918 (100 years old at time of writing).


B.S.: (summa cum laude) in Mathematics and French, West Virginia State College

Occupation: Physicist and mathematician who is known for calculating the trajectories for many NASA missions.


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Dr. Mae Jemison – NASA Astronaut

Dr. Mae Jemison

“Space exploration was always something I wanted to do” – Dr. Mae Jemison during her TED Talk on how interstellar travel will require teams of individuals from multiple disciplines.


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Name: Dr. Mae Carol Jemison

Life: 17/10/18 – Present (62 Years)

Born: Decatur, Alabama, United States


BSc Chemical Engineering + enough credits to fulfill a B.A. in African and African American Studies, Stanford University

Doctorate Degree in Medicine, Cornell University

Occupation: Astronaut, Engineer, Physician, Dancer, Actor and Founder + President of two companies.

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Dr. George Carruthers – Astronomical Engineer

Dr. George Carruthers

“I had no role models because nobody ever publicised them, not that they didn’t exist. George Washington Carver and Percy [Lavon] Julian and others had preceded me in science, but nobody ever publicised their accomplishments, and, therefore, many of the minority students didn’t know that they had a future in science because they figured it was something that was not for them.” – Dr. Carruthers on the lack of publicity POC scientists get for their achievements.


George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers. Source: https://goo.gl/yyLQhC

Name: George Robert Carruthers

Life: 1/10/39 – Present 


B.Sc: Aeronautical Engineering, University of Illinois

M.Sc: Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois

Ph.D: Aeronautical and astronomical engineering, University of Illinois

Occupation:  Inventor, Physicist and Space Scientist

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