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Helen Sharman

British chemist who became the first Briton in space

Dr. Helen Patricia Sharman OBE FRSC (born 30 May 1963) is a British chemist. She became the first British astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1993.

Helen Sharman
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Dr. Helen Sharman
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Born (1963-05-30) 30 May 1963 (age 56)
Sheffield, England
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield, BSc 1984
Birkbeck, University of London, Ph.D.
Space career
Project Juno astronaut
Time in space
7d 21h 13m
Selection1989 Juno
MissionsSoyuz TM-12, Soyuz TM-11
Mission insignia
Soyuz TM-12 patch.png Soyuz TM-11 patch.png

She worked as a research and development technologist for GEC in London and later as a chemist for Mars Incorporated dealing with nice properties of chocolate.[1]

Sharman was born in Grenoside, Sheffield.[2]


  1. "bbk: Birkbeck's Magazine, Issue 29, SPRING 2011" (PDF). Birkbeck University. p. 16. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. "Helen Sharman, Made in Sheffield". Made in Sheffield Dot Com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2006.