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Stephanie Kwolek photographs

Creation: 1938-1995
Accession: 2014-202


Famous chemist and Kevlar inventor Stephanie L. Kwolek (1923-2014) was a research associate at DuPont for forty years. These photographs document her career.


  • Creation: 1938-1995



13 item(s)

Biographical Note

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (1923-2014) is an American chemist known for inventing Kevlar. In 1946, after graduating from what is now Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in chemistry, Kwolek began her career as a research chemist at DuPont's textile fabrics laboratory in Buffalo, New York. She transferred to Wilmington, Delaware six years later when the Pioneering Research Laboratory opened. During her forty years at DuPont, Kwolek's main area of research was polymers, including high-performance fibers like Kevlar, which she was awarded the patent for in 1974.

Kwolek retired from DuPont in 1986 and now works as a consultant in addition to serving on the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences. Kwolek was awarded a total of twenty-eight patents and won a number of awards for her work, including the National Medal of Technology and Perkin Medal. Kwolek was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1995 and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2003.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 13 digital images relating to Kwolek's career as a chemist and her work with the DuPont Company.

Existence and Location of Originals

These digital images were created from original photographic prints owned by Stephanie L. Kwolek. The photograpic prints were loaned to the Hagley Museum and Library to copy for historical reference. Kwolek retained the originals.

Use Restrictions

Please contact the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department to view this collection of digital images.

Related Material

Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

DuPont films (Accession 1995.300), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library. Note: A digital copy of a 1994 DuPont advertisement for Kevlar, featuring Kwolek, is available on-site.

Master videotapes of interactive components of two Hagley Museum and Library exhibits, "DuPont: The Explosives Era" and "DuPont: Science and Discovery" (Accession 2003.213), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library. Note: A digital copy is available on-site.

Stephanie L. Kwolek, interviewed by Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent at Wilmington, Delaware, 1998 March 21 (Philadelphia: Chemical Heritage Foundation, Oral History Transcript 0168).

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Stephanie Kwolek photographs
Laurie Rizzo and Abby Adams
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA