• The pioneering chemist Stephanie Kwolek holds the liquid crystal polymer that became Kevlar.

Stephanie Kwolek

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims


  • Kwolek, working for DuPont in 1965, developed the synthetic fiber that is a key ingredient in lightweight canoes. Kevlar is a registered trademark of DuPont. By 1971, it was made available commercially.
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  • ca. 1965
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