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Stephanie Louise Kwolek

(1923-07-31)July 31, 1923
Died June 18, 2014(2014-06-18) (aged 90)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Known for Kevlar
Awards DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal (1995)
National Medal of Technology
Perkin Medal (1997)
Howard N. Potts Medal
Scientific career
Fields Organic chemistry
Institutions DuPont

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (July 31, 1923 – June 18, 2014) was an American chemist. She invented poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide—better known as Kevlar.

She was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Kwolek won many awards for her work in polymer chemistry.

Kwolek died in Wilmington, Delaware from a short-illness, aged 90.

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