Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mária Telkes (1900 - 1995)

Frome Wiki -

Mária Telkes was a Hungarian-American scientist and inventor who worked on solar energy technologies. Her work on solar cooking starting in 1959 made her probably the first person to create a practical oven for serious daily use. Reflectors popularly known as the Telkes design which was one of the best in the series and could develop a temperature of 225° C. , 437° F. The box was a rectangular double-walled insulated box with a door on each side. The box had double glazing fixed at the top, and the there were four main reflectors set at an angle of 60° to the horizontal. The corner spaces between these main reflectors were fitted with four triangular mirrors. The insulated box had a cradle frame to hold the cooking vessel and to assist in tilting. The whole cooker was mounted on to an "A" type frame.


  1. It can't get much better than having a women inventor! We love you, Maria!

  2. when i bought my house throught costa rica homes for sale i wanted a great kitchen with a big space to put a big oven. Now i can baking every kind of cakes in there.