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Stephanie Kwolek
BornStephanie Louise Kwolek
July 31, 1923(1923-07-31)
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedJune 18, 2014(2014-06-18) (aged 90)
Wilmington, Delaware
United States
ResidenceWilmington, Delaware
FieldsOrganic chemistry
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Known forKevlar
Notable awardsDuPont company's Lavoisier Medal (1995)
National Medal of Technology
Perkin Medal (1997)
Howard N. Potts Medal

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]


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