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New Kensington in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stephanie Kwolek

(1923-2014)

 
 
Stephanie Kwolek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 1, 2016
1. Stephanie Kwolek Marker
Inscription. Polymer scientist whose discoveries led to the invention of DuPont Kevlar in 1965. Due to its high strength and durability, Kevlar is used in numerous industries. It is best known as the super strong material from which bullet-resistant vests are fabricated. This protective gear is critical to the safety of law enforcement and military personnel worldwide. Kwolek was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1996. Her former home was here.
 
Erected 2016 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 33.772′ N, 79° 45.703′ W. Marker is in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Seventh Street Road (Pennsylvania Route 56) and Freeport Road, on the right when traveling east on Seventh Street Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Kensington PA 15068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eddie Adams (approx. 0.3 miles away); Willie Thrower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fannie Sellins (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rachel Carson (approx. 1.9 miles away); Carnegie Hero Fund Commission
Stephanie Kwolek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 1, 2016
2. Stephanie Kwolek Marker
Immediately after its unveiling
New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo (r) with help from volunteers
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Camp D. D. Gaillard (approx. 4 miles away); Burtner House (approx. 5 miles away); Oakmont Carnegie Library (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on October 1, 2016
 
Also see . . .
1. Stephanie Kwolek - Inventor of Kevlar®. Famous Women Inventors (Submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Stephanie L. Kwolek. Chemical Heritage Foundation (Submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Stephanie Kwolek. American Chemical Society (Submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

4. Stephanie Louise Kwolek at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
5. Kevlar® Products. DuPont (Submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

6. Historical marker honors Kevlar inventor's humble New Kensington roots. October 1, 2016 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Article (Submitted on October 4, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

7. Historical marker to recognize late New Kensington native Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar. September 4, 2016 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article (Submitted on October 4, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
Stephanie Kwolek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, October 1, 2016
3. Stephanie Kwolek Marker
Stephanie Kwolek image. Click for full size.
By Harry Kalish
4. Stephanie Kwolek
Photograph of Stephanie Kwolek, taken at Spinning Elements, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 1, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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