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Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar® Inventor
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Kwolek on a pony, age 3


Kwolek on a pony, age 3



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Kwolek in grade 1
Kwolek in grade 1


Kwolek in grade 2
Kwolek in grade 2


Kwolek in grade 7, 1937
Kwolek in grade 7, 1937


Kwolek’s eighth grade graduation photo
Kwolek’s eighth grade graduation photo









Kwolek in Her Youth

“I was always very good in math. Maybe that helped me later in science. My father was also very scientifically inclined. I guess I was genetically predisposed for the field I ended up in.

“When I was six years old, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I was fascinated with clothes. Designing clothes takes a lot of creativity, and I really liked to sew.

“I thought I would be a teacher. I spent a lot of time holding classes and teaching kids in my neighborhood. I also remember writing poetry and drawing. My father and I would go exploring in the woods, collecting flowers and leaves. I would press them in a notebook. We studied snakes and other things, too, as we walked through the woods.

“Later I got interested in science. I was either going to be a chemist or a medical doctor. When I got out of college, however, I didn’t have enough money to go to medical school.

“So I went to work as a chemist. The problem was that I was so interested in chemistry and research that I totally forgot about medicine.”

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