“Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies at 90” in NPR

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June 20, 2014 - Dover, DE

Excerpted from an obituary by Camila Domonoske

Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented the synthetic fibers used in Kevlar body armor, has died at the age of 90, her colleagues said Friday.

A fellow chemist told The Associated Press that Kwolek died Wednesday at a Wilmington, Del., hospital following a brief illness. Kwolek was a groundbreaking scientist and mentor to other women in the field. The astonishingly strong fibers she invented are used around the world in bulletproof body armor. Read More.

[Stephanie Kwolek is one the women featured in CHF’s hour-long television special called Women in Chemistry: Lessons from Life and the Laboratory. Learn more about Kwolek through our online resources.]

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