Presenting an intriguing list: Top 25 facts about Eva Ekeblad! Did you know there are many uses for Vodka, aside from drinking it? Chances are you probably didn’t realize that. And, we bet you probably don’t know that Eva Ekeblad was the person behind the life-changing discovery!
Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish noblewoman, salon hostess, and agronomist. She is one of several Swedish scientists who changed the world. She discovered that not only could you make grain alcohol out of the starchy vegetable, but you could also make cosmetic products, and cereals, as well.
She was a pioneer in the scientific community, and she was also a supporter of the less fortunate and was said to be very close to the queen of Sweden. She was even offered a very high position in the royal court. She was a mother, a governess, a scientist, and an activist. So, as you sip your vodka tonic or vodka on the rocks, read all about this incredible woman. List25 proudly presents the top 25 facts about Eva Ekeblad.
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Reinventing the Potato
Ekeblad was a scientist responsible for the discovery of making alcohol from potatoes, and as a result, we have what is known today as vodka. The process was also used to make flour and made the potatoes very popular.
The First Woman in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Because of her achievements, she became the first woman to be chosen to attend the academy. Sadly because the academy was mostly for men, Ekeblad was only an honorary member.
The Queen's Friend
Ekeblad was in fact very good friends with the Queen of Sweden. She was such a good friend in fact that the queen offered her the honored title of chief lady-in-waiting and royal governess to the Crown Prince. However, due to Ekeblad being very ill, she had to turn down both positions.
Alteration of the Textile Industry
Ekeblad discovered a way to bleach cotton textile and yarn. It was this process that was later used to make soap.
She married young
Ekeblad got married at the age of 16. Some say it was very common in those days to get married at a very young age. However, records say it was more common for women to get married in their 20’s.