Stephanie Kwolek

'I tell young people to reach for the stars. And I can't think of a greater high than you could possibly get than by inventing something.'

Born
July 31, 1923
Died
July 18, 2014
Birth Place
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Current Place
United States of America

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Stephanie Kwolek was an American chemist, whose career at the DuPont company covered over forty years. She is best known for inventing the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide—better known as Kevlar. For her discovery, Kwolek was awarded the DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement. As of February 2015, she was the only female employee to have received that honor. In 1995 she became the fourth woman to be added to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Kwolek won numerous awards for her work in polymer chemistry, including the National Medal of Technology, the IRI Achievement Award and the Perkin Medal.

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