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Google honors scientist Eva Ekeblad with new Doodle


Google Doodle today celebrates the 293rd anniversary of Swedish countess, scientist, and agronomist, Eva Ekeblad, who was born in the first quarter of the 18th century.

"Eva discovered the starch was humble but mighty - potatoes could be ground into flour or distilled into spirits".

By bringing potatoes to the masses, she was able to make it into a staple food and increased the supply of barley, wheat and rye because potatoes could then be used to make alcohol.

Google Doodle honored Eva Ekeblad: Google honored the famous persons or events by change the logo in their search engine. She also wrote books on children, learning and numbers. Potatoes were also used in making alcohol.

She was only 24 when she submitted her discoveries to the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

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Her research made potatoes extremely popular in Sweden. Potatoes were introduced in Sweden in the year 1658 and were grown in the greenhouses of the aristocracy.

Until Eva Ekeblad came along the presence of potatoes in much of Europe was, well, small potatoes. However, there are no records of her participation in the meetings of the Academy. She also discovered a method of bleaching cotton textile with soap and replaced some risky ingredients in cosmetics with potato flour.

A trailblazer for women, she became the first woman to join the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1748. The couple had one son and six daughters over the course of their 31-year marriage and divided their time between Mariedal Castle and Lindholmen Castle, Västergötland, both estates wedding gifts to Eva from her father.

She died on the 15th of May in 1786 in Lidkoping in Sweden.

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