by , on June 27, 2014
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Attribution: Chemical Heritage Foundation

A pioneer for women in science, Stephanie Kwolek passed away on June 18, 2014. Kwolek is credited with the invention of  Kevlar in 1965. Kevlar,  is the lightweight fiber used to make bulletproof vests and electrical safety gloves, saving thousands of lives.

Kwolek worked in the DuPont laboratory for 15 years with no promotions when she discovered the life-saving fiber while working on an experiment gone wrong. The discovery resulted in billions of dollars for DuPont and thousands of lives saved.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kwolek heard from numerous individuals who benefited from her discovery.

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