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Nomex® Scientist Earns Lavoisier Medal

WILMINGTON, Del., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dr. Wilfred Sweeny -- the scientist who revolutionized firefighting, professional racing and other thermal-related professions by discovering the lifesaving DuPont(TM) Nomex® fire resistant 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 DuPont(TM) 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 DuPont(TM) Tyvek®; and Dr. George Vassilatos, a master of high-speed fiber spinning processes who assisted in the broad success of DuPont(TM) 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 welcome to attend.

"As a premier science company, DuPont has tremendous strengths in our science and technology capabilities," Connelly said. "These four 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:

During 2002, DuPont (NYSE: DD - News) is celebrating its 200th year of scientific achievement and innovation -- providing products and services that improve the lives of people everywhere. Based in Wilmington, Del., DuPont delivers science-based solutions for markets that make a difference in people's lives in food and nutrition; health care; apparel; home and construction; electronics; and transportation.

DuPont(TM), Cozaar®, Nomex®, Kevlar®, Lycra®, Tyvek®, Dacron®, and Typar® are a trademark and a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

SOURCE: DuPont

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