Sylvia Stoesser, Ph.D.
Dow’s first woman research scientist, hired in 1929, earned 29 patents, five of which led to a process enabling the Dowell Division, a billion-dollar-a-year business. She also laid the groundwork for polystyrene used in a variety of plastics today.
Sylvia Stoesser, Ph.D., Research Scientist, circa 1928.
Photo courtesy of Science History Institute.