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We can always count on Google to change up their logo for any
important occasion or milestone. Born on June 10, 1724 in Sweden
and today on Ekebalds 293rd birthday Google has created a doodle to
We can always count on Google to change up their logo for any important occasion or milestone. Born on June 10, 1724 in Sweden and today on Ekebalds 293rd birthday Google has created a doodle to honor her contribution to science.
One of our favorite miracles from bible is that when Jesus turned water into wine in a wedding. Well Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish countess and agronomist was the first woman to gain admission in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences after she discovered how to extract starch from potatoes and how to make flour, alcohol like potato wine and vodka and bake gluten-free.
Back in the 18th century potatoes werent considered fit for human consumption and were only given to animals as per the report given in Telegraph. She learnt that Germany used the legume to produce alcoholic drinks so Ekebald began to grow potatoes for experimentation.
She saw that these vegetables could be cooked, dried and crushes by creating a flour which can be consumed by the humans. Sweden was going through a shortage of cereals like barley and oats and at this time Ekebalds discovery helped solve a food crisis, freeing up traditional cereals for food as it could be used to make alcohol also led to a rise in alcohol consumption.
Ekeblad died in 1786 and in 1951, which is after two centuries the Royal Swedish Academy of science elected another woman after Ekeblad.
Happy Birthday to Eva Ekeblad, and props to Google for introducing a science icon to a new generation.