Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, died today following a stroke. While news outlets examine her political legacy, The Atlantic reminds us of Thatcher’s early work in the culinary field.
Before training as a barrister, Thatcher worked as a research chemist for J. Lyons and Company. There, she was tasked with aerating ice cream with emulsifiers to reduce the cost of production (and allow the ice cream to be served more efficiently, by machine). Her work contributed to the launch of Lyon’s famous Mr. Whippy (Mr. Softee’s predecessor English cousin), one of the earliest success stories in the world of soft-serve ice cream.