10 Inventors Who Were Killed By The Very Contraptions They Created

10. Max Valier: Max Valier was an Austrian rocket scientist who invented solid and liquid-fueled missiles. Given his success with flight, Valier thought it’d be cool to make a rocket-propelled car. It worked, and he got it up to 250 mph. Trying to get even better, Valier experimented with alcohol as a combustible. That got away on him and blew up on his workbench, killing Valier and burning his workshop down.

9. Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier: Europe-based Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier was the first man to ascend in a hot air balloon along with the Marquis d’Arlandes. He volunteered to ascend the balloon along with Marquis. Pilâtre de Rozier was envious of the stardom of  Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the first man to cross the English Channel along with Dr. John Sheldon on 26th July 1784. Pilâtre de Rozier designed a new type of double-balloon with a hot air balloon underneath a hydrogen balloon.  On 15th June 1785, Pilâtre de Rozier died as he fell to the earth. Although the reasons are unknown, it is expected that a spark from the heat source might have ignited the hydrogen causing a fire.

8. Alexander Bogdanov: Alexander Bogdanov was a Russian physician, writer, politician, and inventor of sorts. Bogdanov founded the Institute for Haematology and was convinced that blood transfusion was the ticket to the fountain of youth. To back up his beliefs, he used himself as a crash-test dummy and transfused blood from a patient suffering malaria and tuberculosis into his own system. He died two days later on April 07, 1928, but the patient slowly got better. It seems that the blood types were incompatible — something little known in the day.

7. Otto Lilienthal: Otto Lilienthal was known as The Glider King. A German pioneer in aviation, Lilienthal made over 2,000 glider flights and is credited with perfecting the gull-wing design and set the long-held record of soaring to 1820 feet. On August 10, 1896, Lilienthal experimented with “shifting weight” in a glider at fifty feet. It lost lift, stalled, and he augered into the ground, breaking his neck.

6. Thomas Andrews: Thomas Andrews was an Irish businessman and shipbuilder. Coincidentally he was the chief naval architect of the infamous Titanic. When the Titanic struck the iceberg on April 15, 1912, Andrews heroically helped many people into the lifeboats. He was last seen in the first-class smoking lounge, weeping. His body was never recovered.

5. Franz Reichelt: Known as Flying Tailor, he jumped off the Eiffel Tower wearing his home-made parachute but destiny had already decided an unfortunate fate for his very first flight. The police authorities permitted him assuming that Franz would use a dummy to demonstrate his custom-designed parachute. Instead, he took the job himself and become one of the people whose inventions took their lives.

4. William Bullock: William Bullock created a rotary printing press machine in which the images to be printed were put on a roller and then could be printed on any substrate. A few years later after his invention, his foot got crushed into the new machine during an ongoing installation. Later, William died during the amputation process because his foot had developed gangrene.

3. Horace Lawson Hunley:  Hunley was a marine engineer in the Confederate States of America. He was the inventor of the first war submarine. During a routine test, Hunley, along with a 7-member crew, sunk to death in a previously damaged submarine H. L. Hunley (named after Hunley’s death) on October 15, 1963. The submarine was later reused in the successful sinking of the USS Housatonic in 1964.

2. Li Si: Li Si died in 208 BC at age seventy-two of The Five Pains. That was a form of torture or “punishments” involving tattooing the face, cutting off the nose, cutting off the feet, castration, and finally death by exposure. Li Si was Prime Minister during China’s Qin Dynasty and fell out of favor with the Emperor. It should be noted Li Si invented The Five Pains.

1. Marie Curie: Marie Curie was a Polish chemist/physicist who pioneered research into radioactivity and won the Nobel Prize — twice. Besides proposing the theory of radiation and discovering two elements, she is credited with inventing radiography or X-rays. Curie died on July 14, 1934, in a French sanatorium from aplastic anemia due to long-term exposure to radiation, probably from her habit of carrying test-tubes of plutonium in her pockets.

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