The Mathmos story begins with the invention of the lava lamp by our founder Edward Craven-Walker in 1963. Mr. Craven-Walker was a great British inventor, entrepreneur and eccentric. Apart from inventing the lava lamp he also made underwater naturist films, flew helicopters, drove a fire engine, was a world war two pilot, a talented accountant, entertained the cast of the 60s musical Hair and owned a naturist camp in Dorset.
Mr. Craven-Walker originally developed the lava lamp from a design for an egg timer he saw in a Dorset pub. Taking years to develop the formula original models were made with orange squash bottles.
The “astro” and “astro baby” were the first two lava lamps launched in 1963 and 1964 respectively. They were an instant hit and became one of the defining products of the swinging ‘60s appearing in cult TV series ''The Prisoner" and "Dr.Who".