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Maria Amalia Gustava Planck


Teacher, entrepreneur

Amalia Planck ran a sausage factory and it is her name that was given to the dish ‘doktorinnan Plancks korv’ (approx. "Mrs. Planck’s sausage").

Amalia Planck was born in 1834. She was the daughter of the conductor and composer Wilhelm Theodor Gnosspelius and Amalia Mankell. Her family home was exceedingly musical and from a young age Amalia Planck and her sisters began to perform as soloists at the Linköpings Musiksällskap (musical society) concerts. Their father conducted these concerts.

Amalia Planck gained her musical education at Musikaliska akademien (the academy of music) and then worked as a music teacher in rural Östergötland. In 1861 she married Erik Wilhelm Planck, who was an assistant teacher. She continued to give singing lessons and piano lessons after getting married. In 1864 she helped set up Musikaliska Sällskapet in Linköping for which she served as choir master for many years.

Amalia Planck, along with some other middle-class Linköping ladies, founded a soup-kitchen enterprise to provide food to the poor people of the town consisting of a bowl of soup and some bread. This was initially a small-scale enterprise which grew and was still going strong in the 1940s.

Around about the year 1880 Amalia Planck began to make sausages for sale, as a means of increasing her family’s income. This home industry quickly became a small sausage factory and ‘doktorinnan’ (traditional Swedish title of the wife of a doctor) Planck’s sausages became a sought-after item in Stockholm butcher’s shops. According to the recipe which bears her name the sliced sausage is fried, causing it to shrink into small bowl-shaped pieces which are then filled with peas.

Amalia Planck died in 1908. She is buried at the Gamla cemetery in Linköping.

Brita Planck
(Translated by Alexia Grosjean)

Published 2018-03-08

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Other Names

    Maiden name: Gnosspelius

Family Relationships

Civil Status: Married
  • Mother: Fredrika Amalia Mankell
  • Father: Wilhelm Theodor Gnosspelius
  • Sister: Louisa Fredrika Gnosspelius, gift Jonson, omgift Lundgren, omgift Enholm
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  • Yrkesutbildning, Stockholm: Musikstudier, Kungl. Musikaliska akademien


  • Profession: Musiklärare
  • Profession: Korvfabrikör


  • Musikaliska Sällskapet i Linköping


  • Birthplace: Stockholm
  • Stockholm
  • Linköping
  • Place of death: Linköping


  • 'Doktorinnan Plancks korv och dess historia', Husmodern, 1920

  • Planck, Gösta, 'Doktorinnan Planck och hennes korv', Gastronomisk kalender: 1967, årg. 7, Bonnier, Stockholm, 1966