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The Woman Who Invented the Thread that Stops Bullets

The Genius of Stephanie Kwolek

Series: Genius Inventors and Their Great Ideas

By Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Stephanie Louise Kwolek is an American chemist who invented poly-paraphenylene terephtalamide—better known as Kevlar. She was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. In 1964, in anticipation of a gasoline shortage, her group began searching for a lightweight yet strong fiber to be used in tires. The polymers she had been working with at the time formed liquid crystal while in solution, something unique to those polymers at the time. However, Kwolek persuaded technician Charles Smullen to test her solution. She was amazed to find that the new fiber would not break when nylon typically would.

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"In this fantastic series, each book covers a general overview of the subject's childhood and their goals. The people included were innovators and forward-thinking in their childhood, which makes them positive role models."

Library Media Connection, October 2014

"The book does an excellent job providing information about her life and the amazing things she accomplished and invented that have changed the world that we live in. Children and adults will find this an intriguing read and come away with more knowledge and appreciation of how one person can change the face of war and protect all those who go into harm’s way."

Richardson Independent School District, January 8, 2014

"…a terrific nonfiction biography…"

Eastern Washington Book Review Council

"The text is well written and informative."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2014

"The text is readable and lively…"

Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries, posted March 10, 2014

"This book is encouraging for kids to follow their dreams."

South Sound Book Review Council, February 25, 2014

". . . colorful, accessible introductions to individual American inventors."

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