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Stephanie Kwolek

1923 - 2014

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Stephanie Louise Kwolek (; July 31, 1923 – June 18, 2014) was a Polish-American chemist who is known for inventing Kevlar. Her career at the DuPont company spanned more than 40 years. She discovered the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide.For her discovery, Kwolek was awarded the DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephanie Kwolek has received more than 603,728 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Stephanie Kwolek is the 175th most popular chemist (up from 179th in 2019), the 1,206th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,320th in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Chemist.

Stephanie Kwolek is most famous for inventing Kevlar, a synthetic fiber that is five times stronger than steel.

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Among chemists, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 175 out of 509Before her are Sophia Brahe, Katalin Karikó, Wallace Carothers, August Wilhelm von Hofmann, John Vane, and Rodney Robert Porter. After her are Arthur Kornberg, George Porter, Georg Wittig, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Antoine Jérôme Balard, and Louis Jacques Thénard.

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Among people born in 1923, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 44Before her are Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Morris, Alice Miller, Cliff Robertson, Jorge Semprún, and Edgar F. Codd. After her are Merton Miller, Erland Josephson, Horst Tappert, René Thom, Philip Warren Anderson, and Lola Flores. Among people deceased in 2014, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 45Before her are Karlheinz Böhm, Daniel Keyes, Maurice Duverger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Pete Seeger, and Dobrica Ćosić. After her are Udo Jürgens, James Garner, Ernesto Laclau, Gyula Grosics, Hans Hollein, and Gerald Edelman.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 1,206 out of 18,182Before her are Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Pete Seeger (1919), J. K. Simmons (1955), Vincente Minnelli (1903), and Stanley Kramer (1913). After her are Harry Harlow (1905), Idina Menzel (1971), E. Donnall Thomas (1920), Bruce Dern (1936), Arthur Kornberg (1918), and Mike Markkula (1942).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 34Before her are Stanley Miller (1930), Paul Flory (1910), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), Paul D. Boyer (1918), Robert S. Mulliken (1896), and Wallace Carothers (1896). After her are Arthur Kornberg (1918), Walter Gilbert (1932), Alan J. Heeger (1936), Raymond Davis Jr. (1914), Julius Axelrod (1912), and F. Sherwood Rowland (1927).