AMERICAN FIBERGLASS POOLS SALUTES STEPHANIE KWOLEK
In case you don’t know, this remarkable lady saved the lives of countless police officers, soldiers, and marines since 1965. She passed away on June 18, 2014. In 1965 she invented Kevlar. She was a DuPont chemist that invented the light weight, stronger than steel fiber used in bullet proof vests and body armor now used all over the world.
Kwolek was a remarkable lady that worked in a heavily male dominated field. She made a break through while working with specialty fibers while working in a lab in Delaware. She was working with those fibers in order to replace steel in auto tires and to improve fuel economy. She was a tremendous woman that was heralded as a creative and determined chemist and a true pioneer for women in science.
She left an incredible legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by all the products made possible thru her research and discovery. The exceptionally rough Kevlar fibers she introduced were several times stronger than steel by weight. It has been reported that they were so strong, new testing equipment had to be obtained just to test the tensile strength.
She retired from DuPont in 1986. Kwolek is the only former female employee of DuPont that was awarded the Lavoisier Medal of Outstanding Technical Achievement. She was widely recognized as a world changer and as a persistent experimentalist and a role model.
Kevlar has become synonymous with bullet proof vests, helmets, and body armor. Most people don’t realize that it has become an important component in many other products. These products include aircraft, military vehicles, sail boats, cell phones, and American Fiberglass Pools.
American Fiberglass Pools wants to personally salute her efforts as we have utilized Kevlar banding in our American Fiberglass Pools since 1999. She was another reason for our success and our 43 plus years of manufacturing the strongest fiberglass pools in the USA!
Quote of the day: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison