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Anne Diamond | 12:58 UK time, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

3 cones of ice cream

...has to be about Margaret Thatcher inventing soft scoop ice cream. It's easy to forget she was a scientist, a chemist, before she ever went into politics and one of her first jobs was, apparently, working for a food manufacturer. They were anxious to produce an ice cream that could be more malleable than the ultra-frozen product - and Margaret Thatcher was assigned the challenge. She came up with a process that would aerate ice cream - thus producing what we now know as 'soft scoop'.

Now if that fact alone doesn't encourage more women into science careers (something I was talking about a lot today), I don't know what will!


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