Published: 16 March 2016

My science hero: Stephanie Kwolek

Discover why chemist and inventor Stephanie Kwolek is PhD student Emily James' science hero.

To mark British Science Week, Surrey students and academics describe the person who sparked their interest in science and engineering.

Watch the video to hear Emily, who is completing a PhD in Chemistry, describe how Stephanie Kwolek - the inventor of Kevlar, a lightweight fabric used in bulletproof vests and body armour - inspires her in her work.

Aside from the fact she’s a female chemist, which is something as a young woman I like to look up to, Stephanie Kwolek brought creativity into the lab and was always trying new things. For me, that is why I enjoy being a chemist.

Emily James

Become your hero

Whether you’re interested in engineering, biosciences, chemistry, maths or physics, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees to help you fuel your passion for a career in science.

Discover who Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, picked as his physics hero and find out how playing with K'Nex as a child inspired Ben Elphick to study for a MEng in Civil Engineering.

Careers in chemistry

An undergraduate degree in chemistry can open doors to a wide variety of careers. While many graduates enter the chemical industry, others secure roles in finance, government organisations and education, or complete further study.

Recent Surrey graduates have entered employment in roles such as graduate trainee at EDF Energy and forensic scientist at LGC Forensics.

Explore our Chemistry degrees and find out more about student life at Surrey.

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