Helen Sharman Epic Journey 25 years On

Helen SharmanIt was twenty-five years ago today that one of our alumni, Helen Sharman (BSc Chemistry 1984), went on a mission to the Russian Space Station Mir. This is commemorated today (18 May 2016) in newspapers, on Radio and on TV.

Helen graduated with a BSc in Chemistry in 1984 and worked for Mars for a while before answering an advert asking for astronauts and being selected. She ended up being the first woman on Mir and the first Briton in Space. During the 8-day mission Helen was involved in various experiments about the effects of weightlessness on physical, chemical and biological systems.

Since her return to Earth, Helen has become a leading ambassador for science and in 1993 was appointed an OBE for her pioneering accomplishments. She is currently Operations Manager at Imperial College London’s Department of Chemistry.

Prof. Grasby, acting head of Department, noted, when asked to comment: "We are so very proud of Helen’s achievements and she continues to be such a wonderful role model for Chemistry students in Sheffield and all over the country. Helen showed us the sky really is the limit!"

For Helen's reflections on her trip, please listen to her recent appearance on 'the Life Scientific' and on BBC radio 4.