Uma Chowdhry

“I had the courage to dream the impossible.”

An ambitious teenaged Uma Chowdhry—determined to win a Nobel Prize—left her home in India to study chemistry in the United States. But after falling in love with materials science, the study of solids at the molecular level, Chowdhry decided to work in industrial research. She was fascinated by the possibility that her findings might end up in a practical application on the open market. 

At DuPont, Chowdhry studied new materials, helping to create superconductors, or materials that have no resistance to electrical current at temperatures near absolute zero. The technologies she contributed to and later managed are now part of electronic packaging, photovoltaics, batteries, biofuel, and many sustainable products that fundamentally change the way we use everyday things.

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