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Stephanie Kwolek on breakthroughs

"I knew that I had made a discovery. I didn't shout 'Eureka', but I was very excited..."

- Stephanie Kwolek, as quoted on the BBC News Website

It is with regret that we note the death of a pioneer: a prominent female chemist working back in the days when it was rare to find any woman in that sphere. Her claim to fame was the invention of Kevlar for DuPont back in 1965. The ultra-strong material is said to have saved thousands of lives for its use in bullet-proof vests, but is also still to be found in a wide variety of useful items, including the humble oven glove. We like this quote, which she made several years ago, because it drives home the difference between the myth and the reality of doing science as a profession.

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