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.


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).


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)

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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