Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

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    Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek.

    Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.

    A pioneer as a woman in a heavily male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy.
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    Many people’s lives have been saved by her invention. May she RIP.
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    Kevlar - Many of us Owe Our Lives to this Wonderful Woman! God Speed

    Real Title of the Article: Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dead at 90
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    My Comments: As I am sure many Military and LEO will attest, this woman saved our lives at some point of, well, engagement! Even something as simple as a lightweight layer in a Helo or Vehicle, let alone personal body armor (Note: add plate when appropriate). God Speed!

    May she 'Always have Fair Winds and Following Seas'! God Speed!


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    As one of the few pioneering female chemists in the 1960s, Stephanie Kwolek invented the flexible, tougher than steel fibers that were used to create life-saving body armor for law enforcement and soldiers.

    Kwolek died this week at the age of 90, her co-workers at DuPont, the chemical company where Kwolek worked, confirmed to ABC News.

    "She leaves a wonderful legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by products made possible by her discovery," DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement.

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    Her legacy will live on for quite some time.
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    Wow. What a hero. Unsung but amazing.
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    Rest in peace Stephanie. Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    Her legacy will live on for quite some time.
    I was damn glad to be wearing Kevlar chaps the day I zigged when I should have zagged running a Stihl with a 30 inch bar. The idle was busted on the saw but the Kevlar stopped the chain. Might could have lost my leg.

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    Met her once as she was one of the commencement speakers at My son's graduation at the University Of Delaware............one brilliant chemist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    I was damn glad to be wearing Kevlar chaps the day I zigged when I should have zagged running a Stihl with a 30 inch bar. The idle was busted on the saw but the Kevlar stopped the chain. Might could have lost my leg.

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    Same here. I would be known as the one legged Adonis due getting careless with a chainsaw if it wasn't for a pair of Kevlar chaps.

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