Stephanie Kwolek

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Stephanie Kwolek
Stephanie Louise Kwolek

(1923-07-31)July 31, 1923
DiedJune 18, 2014(2014-06-18) (aged 90)
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Known forKevlar
AwardsDuPont company's Lavoisier Medal (1995)
National Medal of Technology
Perkin Medal (1997)
Howard N. Potts Medal
Scientific career
FieldsOrganic chemistry

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (July 31, 1923 – June 18, 2014) was an American chemist. She invented poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide—better known as Kevlar.[1]

She was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Kwolek won many awards for her work in polymer chemistry.[2]

Kwolek died in Wilmington, Delaware from a short-illness, at the age 90 on June 18, 2014.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wholly Aromatic Carbocyclic Polycarbonamide Fiber Original Kevlar patent awarded in 1974 to Stephanie Kwolek
  2. "Women in Chemistry - Stephanie Kwolek". Chemical Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. "Kevlar inventor, Stephanie Kwolek, dies at 90". Delaware June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014.

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