Wendy Lawrence was born July 2, 1959, in Jacksonville, Florida.
She graduated from Fort Hunt High School, Alexandria, Virginia, in 1977 and
received a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering from U.S. Naval
Academy in 1981. She also received a master of
science degree in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
She was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal,
the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal,
the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal. She was a recipient
of the National Navy League’s Captain Winifred Collins Award
for inspirational leadership (1986).
Lawrence has more
than 1,500 hours flight time in six different types of helicopters
and has made more than 800 shipboard landings. While stationed at
Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6), she was one of the
first two female helicopter pilots to make a long deployment to the
Indian Ocean as part of a carrier battle group. In October 1990,
Lawrence reported to the U.S.
Naval Academy where she served as a physics instructor and the novice
women’s crew coach.
Selected by NASA in March 1992, Lawrence reported to the Johnson Space
Center in August 1992. She completed one year of training and is qualified
for flight assignment as a mission specialist.
A veteran of four space flights, Lawrence has logged over 1225 hours in
space. Lawrence retired from NASA in June 2006.