One of the best things about writing this blog is that I am constantly learning new things about my beloved AGA cooker. The newest fascinating fact to come my way is that the inventor of the AGA cooker was, in fact, a Nobel laureate.
Dr Gustaf Dalén was awarded the 1912 Nobel Prize for physics after being seriously injured in an accident when one of his experiments went horribly wrong. He was awarded the coveted prize for his invention of technology that would lead to automatic lighthouses and the saving of thousands of lives at sea.
Dalén was too unwell to attend the Royal Academy presentation and – despite efforts to save his sight – he was left blinded for life. In some ways, however, it was being without sight that led to the creation of the first AGA range cooker – unable to leave his home, he decided to work on developing a prototype cooker to replace the inefficient and burdensome ranges of the time.