Nobel prize winning physicist designs stove

4 Mar

Maybe it’s not news to you, but it was to me. And we’re talking 1912 Nobel Prize for Physics here! It went to Gustaf Dalen, a Swedish physicist, who was employed as the chief engineer of the Swedish company AGA (Aktiebolaget Svenska Gasaccumolator). Yes, by now you’ve guessed it: Gustaf invented the AGA cooker, a stored-heat cast iron stove today manufactured by Aga Rangemaster Limited.

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This dapper Gentleman physicist, as the story goes, invented it because his wife was exhausted by constant tending to the cooking range. Someone, get that man a museum! Oh, they already have one in Stenstorp, his birthplace, about 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Göteborg (Gothenburg).

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Somehow, I get the sense that these are the stories we should be telling children. If they’d told my child-me choose physics and you can go on to design a country kitchen dream stove some day, maybe, just maybe, I would have chosen physics. (via the magazine Living, No. 1 2014, p. 37)

P.S. Autocorrect wanted to make a Dalek out of Dalen; maybe you’re thinking Dr. Who? … (ok, I’ll show myself out)

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2 Responses to “Nobel prize winning physicist designs stove”

  1. Graham Boyd March 5, 2014 at 23:03 #

    Love it, never knew that the Aga had been designed by a physicist for his wife.

    There’s a wonderful book by the Royal Society about different scientists in cookery …. including one physicist that invented a nutritious and cheap soup to feed the poor in Germany, and a low energy way to roast.

    • simplycarola March 9, 2014 at 15:52 #

      I knew about the chemist and the soup (Liebig) but not about the physicist and the soup! How nice to find so many people cooking!

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