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Google Doodle Honors Eva Ekeblad
Google Doodle Honors Eva Ekeblad

Google Honors Eva Ekeblad: The Scientist We Have To Thank For Vodka

Today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to Swedish aristocrat and scientist Eva Ekeblad (1724-86) on the anniversary 293rd birthday.

Countess Ekeblad is known for her scientific breakthrough of extracting starch from potatoes to make  way for vodka distillation – a cause for celebration for all of us!

Here are five things you need to know about this incredible woman.

Ekeblad came from Aristocracy

Born Eva De La Gardie on July 10th 1724, the future agronomist was the daughter of statesman Count Magnus Julius De La Gardie and Hedvig Catharina Lilje, known for hosting salons of high art and political stature.

Hailing from noble origins, Eva married Count Claes Claesson Ekeblad, a Councillor of the Realm. She was just 16. The pair had one son and six daughters over the course of 31-years and split their time between Lindholmen Castle, Västergötland Mariedal Castle. Both estates were wedding gifts to Eva from her father. Umm….swaaaag!

Her sister-in-law, Catherine Charlotte De La Gardie also shared a gift for scientice research. She invented a smallpox vaccine and intervened to stop Sweden’s last witch trial in Dalarna in 1758.

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