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