Stephanie Kwolek

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Stephanie Kwolek
Stephanie Kwolek at Spinning Elements by Harry Kalish.TIF
Born Stephanie Louise Kwolek
(1923-07-31)July 31, 1923
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States
Died June 18, 2014(2014-06-18) (aged 90)
Wilmington, Delaware
United States
Residence Wilmington, Delaware
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Known for Kevlar
Awards DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal (1995)
National Medal of Technology
Perkin Medal (1997)
Howard N. Potts Medal
Scientific career
Fields Organic chemistry
Institutions DuPont

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. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  3. "Kevlar inventor, Stephanie Kwolek, dies at 90". Delaware online.com. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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