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 558,013 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Stephanie Kwolek is the 179th most popular chemist (up from 187th in 2019), the 1,321st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,113th in 2019) and the 30th 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 179 out of 510Before her are Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, Robert Huber, Wilfrid Voynich, Archer Martin, Peter D. Mitchell, and Gerhard Herzberg. After her are Giulio Natta, Tapputi, Emil Erlenmeyer, Alan J. Heeger, Robert Bruce Merrifield, and John Fenn.

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Among people born in 1923, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 53Before her are Edgar F. Codd, Dev Anand, René Thom, Alice Miller, Conrad Bain, and Aaron Spelling. After her are Masao Ono, Nizar Qabbani, Diane Arbus, Rasul Gamzatov, Norman Mailer, and Merton Miller. Among people deceased in 2014, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 58Before her are Udo Jürgens, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dobrica Ćosić, James Garner, Ernesto Laclau, and Veljko Kadijević. After her are Mike Nichols, Miklós Jancsó, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph H. Baer, Fred Phelps, and Siegfried Lenz.

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Among people born in United States, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 1,321 out of 15,968Before her are John Brown (1800), Count Basie (1904), George Benson (1943), Jack Dempsey (1895), Aaron Spelling (1923), and George Minot (1885). After her are Tom Berenger (1949), William Boeing (1881), Duff McKagan (1964), Edmund Kemper (1948), Martin Balsam (1919), and Matt LeBlanc (1967).

Among CHEMISTS In United States

Among chemists born in United States, Stephanie Kwolek ranks 30Before her are Robert S. Mulliken (1896), William Howard Stein (1911), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Paul Lauterbur (1929), Jerome Karle (1918), and Stanford Moore (1913). After her are Alan J. Heeger (1936), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), John Fenn (1917), Julius Axelrod (1912), Richard F. Heck (1931), and Raymond Davis Jr. (1914).