Gustaf de laval

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Gustaf de Laval was born in Orsa, Sweden back in 1845.  He enrolled at the Institute of Technology in Stockholm receiving a degree in mechanical engineering in 1866.  He continued his education at Uppsala University in 1867, receiving his doctorate in 1872.  In 1886, he was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

In 1882, he introduced his concept of an impulse steam turbine.  In 187, he built a small steam turbine to demonstrate that such devices could be constructed.  In 1890, he developed a nozzle to increase the steam jet to supersonic speed.  The nozzle, now known as a de Laval nozzle can run at up to 30,000 rpm. He also made important contributions to the dairy industry, including the first centrifugal milk-cream separator and early milking machines, he patented it in 1894.  He died in Stockholm in 1913, he was 67.

What you may not know about Gustaf is that his de Laval nozzle is still used in modern rocket engine nozzles.  Not bad, not bad at all.

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Comments (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that invention had far reaching uses must have lead to other discoveries.

Apr 26, 2021 03:51 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

A great invention serving many purposes and wonder what the next ways of propulsion will be.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Apr 26, 2021 04:02 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A man way ahead of his time. Gustaf had vision. Enjoy your day!

Apr 26, 2021 04:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... now that is what I call being ahead of one's time... way, way ahead!

Apr 26, 2021 04:35 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Great inventions to move us forward!

Apr 26, 2021 05:22 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I wonder if it has been used in all of the rockets SpaceX has been sending up into space recently.

Apr 26, 2021 06:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

James, I have always been enamored with steam power ever since a student in grade school brought a small working model to the class room. I love seeing the antique steam farm equipment and locomotives when they are displayed.

Apr 26, 2021 06:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 26, 2021 06:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - as I read the stories of the people you share, it comes as no surprise to me the number of people who think of things in a far different way.  

Apr 26, 2021 07:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful invention that is being used to this day, as rockets are off more so now than before.  A

Apr 26, 2021 08:47 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have never read about so many forward thinking people than I have from your blog post James. Thank you for sharing and Happy Monday my friend 🙂.

Apr 26, 2021 09:42 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- it's interesting when you really think about it...someone had to invent or device so much of what we use. 

Apr 26, 2021 10:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

It's always interesting to read about inventions from years ago that are still in use.

Apr 26, 2021 01:16 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening James! Does that mean Elon Musk owes him money? LOL

Apr 26, 2021 07:05 PM
James Dray

I'm sure of it

Apr 27, 2021 12:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I loved this bio and had no idea, needless to say I got a good laugh from @Rocky Dickerson comment:))Endre

Apr 26, 2021 09:39 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Very interesting. Must have been a major math nerd. I wonder, if some sort of shape adjustment in our heating ducts could improve forced air systems. Air is made up of gases.

May 10, 2021 07:50 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is certainly amazing that a device invented over 100 years ago is still in use on modern rockets.

Oct 06, 2021 05:19 PM