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Discoverer of life-saving Nomex fire-resistant material earns Lavoisier Achievement award

WILMINGTON, DE, June, 20, 2002 Dr. Wilfred Sweeny the scientist who revolutionized firefighting, professional racing and other thermal-related professions by discovering the life-saving Nomex fire retardant material -- will be among four scientists Friday awarded the prestigious Lavoisier Medals of Achievement.

Sweeny will join Dr. John Duncia, inventor of the high-blood pressure treatment drug Cozaar which has been prescribed to more than 10 million patients since 1995; Dr. Art Etchells, one of the world's premier experts and educators in fluid flow and mixing who helped in the development of Tyvek; and, Dr. George Vassilatos, a master of high-speed fiber spinning processes who assisted in the broad success of Kevlar and Lycra. Only 65 scientists have ever been awarded this honor by DuPont which marks its 200th Anniversary in 2002.

Former NASA leader Dan Goldin, the longest-serving administrator in NASA's history, will join DuPont Chairman and CEO Chad Holliday and DuPont Chief Science and Technology Officer Dr. Thomas Connelly in honoring the four Lavoisier Medals of Achievement recipients at a public event 9 a.m. Friday at The Playhouse Theatre in Wilmington. Media outlets are welcomed to attend.

"As a premier science company, DuPont has tremendous strengths in our science and technology capabilities," Connelly said. "These 4 recipients exemplify the excellence of DuPont. Their work has had incredible business impact. Their scientific achievements have enduring significance. They are outstanding science and innovation role models for those working to unleash the next wave of innovation."

As the highest honor of science excellence awarded by DuPont, the Lavoisier Medal of Achievement is named in honor of Antoine Lavoisier recognized as "the father of modern chemistry" who served as a mentor to DuPont founder E.I. du Pont.

A summary of each 2002 Lavoisier Medal of Achievement honoree follows:

Dr. Wilfred Sweeny: Dr.
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Contact: Anthony Farina
anthony.r.farina@usa.dupont.com
302-774-4114
DuPont
20-Jun-2002


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