Last Updated: 30 Jul, 2023 | Views: 101
Other Profession(s): Writer, Inventor, Chemist, Jazz Guitarist
Famous For: Inventor of Kevlar
Higher Education: BS degree in chemistry
Stephanie Louise Kwolek was born on July 31, 1923 and died on June 18, 2014. She was a Polish-American chemist. Upon retiring from DuPont in 1986, Kwolek was a research associate. In addition to serving on the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences, she consulted for DuPont during her last years.
Stephanie Kwolek Education:
• 1946: Bachelor of Science degree from Margaret Morrison Carnegie College (Carnegie Mellon University)
Stephanie Kwolek Career:
Stephanie Kwolek Discovery of Kevlar:
• Kwolek's most significant contribution to the field of chemistry was the development of Kevlar, a high-strength synthetic fiber.
Stephanie KwolekCareer at DuPont:
• Kwolek joined DuPont in 1946 after completing her undergraduate studies in chemistry.
• She initially worked as a research chemist in the company's textile fibers department.
• Her work on Kevlar was a standout achievement that revolutionized the materials industry.
Stephanie KwolekContinued Impact:
• Beyond Kevlar, Kwolek made other significant contributions to the field of chemistry and materials science.
• She holds over 17 patents and was involved in research related to other high-performance fibers and polymers.
• Her work helped advance the understanding of liquid crystalline polymers and their applications.
Stephanie KwolekMentoring and Advocacy:
• Throughout her career, Kwolek was an advocate for encouraging young people, particularly women, to pursue careers in science and technology.
Stephanie Kwolek Awards:
• DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal
• 1980: Chemical Pioneer Award
• 1995: National Inventors Hall of Fame
• 1996: IRI Achievement Award
• 1997: Perkin Medal
• 2003: National Women's Hall of Fame
• 2001: Carnegie Mellon University