Stephanie Kwolek, Inventor of Kevlar | You’re probably wondering what is Kevlar? Well if you have ever rocked a pair of Nike’s or Adidas, then you are probably familiar with the elasticity that Kevlar provides. Not only did Chemist Stephanie Kwolek unlock the keys to sneaker heaven, but she invented a solution that would keep our soldiers and police men safe while on the battlefield. Below are some of the life changing pieces her invention has created. I have listed only a few of the ways we are currently using Kevlar around the world:
Specialized Military Jackets and clothing articles
Kevlar is useful in acoustics in Loud Speakers; Bass & MidRange Units
Fiber Optic Cables such as ones used in Audio Data Transmissions
Bowed String Instruments
DrumHeads; It allows a high amount of tension, resulting in a cleaner sound.
If you ever used a non-stick pan, then chances are you understand the excellence of Kevlar as it is substituted for Teflon very often.
SMART PHONES Any One? Well if you have a smartphone chances are there is some Kevlar in your cellphone.
I could keep going, but I believe my point has been made. Women are great at anything we do…including SCIENCE!!!! Kudos to Stephanie Kwolek for creating one of the most used and amazing chemical solutions of our time.