Eva Ekeblad, a Name Behind a Great Innovation
Some innovations will never let you know how they started. Also some names will always hide behind the history no to open their face. It is truly a genius mind to make the new product and after 200 years, millions of people are thankful to you. Eva Ekeblad, Swedish Scientist, Honoured With Google Doodle. a great woman who created a way of making alcohol and flour out of Potatoes. Sounds crazy!
A Swedish scientist, salon hostess, countess, Eva made an innovative idea of making vodka. The time she found that, it was also a great era of civilization of man. It means the ability to create and show off was mostly by men. But she made the process of that and showed the usefulness of potato after a food only.
Eva Ekeblad bio:
Her full name is Eva De La Gardie and she was born July 10, 1724 and died by May 15, 1786. Eva’s father was a statesman count Magnus Julius De la Gardie. Mother was a salonist Hedvig Catharina Lilije. Eva Ekeblad siblings are also famous for their different workings. Some of the names are:
- Hedvig Catharina Von Fersen – Sister
- Pontus Fredrik De la Gardie – Brother
- Axel Magnus De la Gardie – Brother
- Ebba Maria De la Gardie – Sister
- Agneta Sofia De la Gardie – Sister
- Fredrik Jakob De la Gardie – Brother
- Carl Julius De la Gardie – Brother
- Axel Casimir De la Gardie – Brother
- Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie – Brother
- Adam Johan De la Gardie – Brother
- Ulrik Gustaf De la Gardie – Brother
- Brita Sophia De la Gardie – Sister
- Adam Magnus De la Gardie – Brother
She got married with the riksrad count Claes Claesson Ekeblad at the age of only 16. After that, the happy couple had six daughters and one son. Eva Ekeblad children are:
- Claes Julius Ekeblad – Son (17 September, 1742 to 19 June, 1808)
- Ulrika Fock Ekeblad – Daughter (19 April, 1745 to 28 July, 1771)
- Agneta Sofia Ekeblad – Daughter (23 February, 1750 to 16 December, 1824)
- Eva Magdalena Ekeblad – Daughter (2 September, 1747 to 14 December, 1824)
- Ebba Maria Ekeblad – Daughter (25 January, 1752 to 20 April, 1839)
- Brita Lovisa Ekeblad – Daughter (Born by 2 October, 1754)
- Beata Charlotta Ekeblad – Daughter (24 August, 1748 to 23 June, 1771)
Responsibilities she got after marriage:
As Eva Ekeblad got married and was giving birth of babies, also got a lot of responsibilities. Her father gave the estates Mariedal Castle and Lindholmen Castle. Moreover, while she was busy with her married life, her husband was also busy with the business. For the same, Eva got the management of three estates from her husband. With that, she was managing the bailiffs and presiding at the county assemblies. Also had a lead role in local aristocracy.
The greatest innovation with potato
It was not anything new in the society to grow root vegetables, but to make it work for other usage, no one knew. It introduced by 1658 in Sweden, for human food it was cultivated only in the greenhouses. The rest were produced in rural land so animals can eat them for proper health. Eva Ekeblad findings not only made the new way of using potato, but also increased production of wheat, rye and barley. A very simple way of making vodka and flour out of potato, made this great lady elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Later, this craze was available towards her own area as well northern Europe.
The experiment started on mostly potatoes in the year 1746. The main target was how to reduce the pressure on potato and increase country’s eating habit. With the help of her husband and enough time to give on research, she succeeded to find the way that still millions follow.
First woman of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
After getting successful result from the innovation process, by 1746 she wrote to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She tried to explain about the total finding of the discovery and the way to make it happen to reduce Sweden’s incidence of famine. The great news came by 1748 while Eva Ekeblad became first woman of the academy. Though she never attended a single meeting, but the academy honored her rather than a full member, as a full member status was for men only. By 1751, the status downgraded to only honorary status and since then after 200 years, another woman got that position by 1951. Her name was Lise Meitner and got the status for contributing as nuclear physicist.
Eva Ekeblad other great innovations
Whoever knows how to innovate, will never take rest until last breath. Eva Ekeblad, as an innovator, always keep tried to give her best to find best ways. In 1751, again she discovered a method of bleaching cotton textile and yarn with soap. After that, in 1752, by using potato flour to reduce the worst chemical like arsenic and wig powder in cosmetics. It spread out to her other family members too to innovate. Later, her sister-in-law invent a smallpox vaccine to stop Sweden’s last witch trial in Dalarna in the year 1758.
A royal lady who was busy with her children and kitchen, truly inspired millions by her love for the country.
Her true value within few honored people
She was living in Stockholm, where she hosted a cultural salon. In that, respected people came and one of them were the wife of Spanish Ambassador de marquis de Puentefuerte. “One of few aristocratic ladies whose honor was considered untainted”, told about Eva Ekeblad. They both were very friendly and also queen Louisa Ulrika was in the list as well. She gave her presence as a witness at the birth of the future Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, as a widow of a member of parliament.
In a snapshot:
- 1724 -Born in Stockholm, Sweden
- 1740- She was married with Claes Claesson Ekeblad
- 1746- Invented the way of making flour and vodka from potatoes.
- 1748- Eva Ekeblad became the first woman elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
- 1751- She also discovered a method of bleaching cotton textile and yarn with soap
- 1771- Her husband Claes Claesson Ekeblad died
- 1778- Was present as a witness at the birth of the future Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
- 1786- She died in Lidköping, Sweden
Last few years of Eva Ekeblad
While you are doing something that are for millions of people, you will be honored and remembered. Eva Ekeblad, lost her husband by 1771, having seven children and a great innovation and all those true stories. She never fell as without the family duties, also followed with several other jobs too. As the lady waiting to Queen Sophia Magdalena, maintaining the academy award and also being witness of royal birth. She lost her physical ability to go ahead with full support from body. Last eight years of her life, she spent most time in Mariedal Castle. It was 15 May, 1786 while this great innovative lady died with all those respect and stories. She will never come back but taught us to think more for those who need your creative power most.