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RETIRED DU PONT SCIENTISTS HONORED

 RETIRED DU PONT SCIENTISTS HONORED
 WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Two retired Du Pont


(NYSE: DD) scientists whose research has spanned a total of more than 80 years were honored today by an organization of the company's most senior scientists.
 Former Polymers researcher Bennett N. Epstein, 69, and former Agricultural Products researcher Julius J. Fuchs, 65, were awarded the Charles J. Pedersen Award by the Du Pont Fellows, comprised of 26 scientists who hold this title, the highest level of professional recognition in the company. Both live in Wilmington.
 Epstein invented "Zytel" ST super tough nylon engineering resins which successfully replaced metals in a wide range of industrial, recreational and military uses. Introduced in 1975, toughened nylon and its derivatives have grown in sales to more than 250 million pounds annually, and fostered development of new engineering polymers for automotive applications such as bumpers and exterior body panels. He also worked to develop superior manufacturing processes for other engineering polymers including "Rynite" ST, "Bexloy" C and "Delrin" ST, and the first commercial process for making "Minlon" HC and toughened "Minlon" 12T.
 His Du Pont career began in 1946 and was interrupted only by three years in the 1950s when he was earning a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 Fuchs' work includes the discovery, development and implementation of superior commercial processes for making several crop protection chemicals and intermediates including the insecticides "Lannate" and "Vydate", the weed control herbicide "Velpar", the sulfonyl urea herbicides "Glean", "Harmony" and "Londax" for use in cereal and row crops and rice. He holds 41 U.S. patents.
 Educated in Germany and Switzerland, he joined Du Pont in 1953 and worked in research throughout his career.
 The Pedersen Award is named in honor of the late Charles J. Pedersen, a Du Pont researcher who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1987.
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