10 Unlucky Inventors That Died By Their Own Inventions

1. Michael Dacre: Designed the AVCEN Jetpod, a quiet Air-Taxi that could take off and land in short distances, The jet pod had a maximum speed of 550 km/h and only needed 125 meters to take off or land, and since they designed it as a quiet aircraft, it will not be noticeable above city traffic. After his fourth attempt of taking off, he successfully lifted the jet, but it crashed, eventually k!lling him. on August 16th, 2006.

2. Franz Reichelt:
After hearing stories of mortality rate among early aviators, he became interested in making parachute designs. Aeronautic organizations discouraged him from his project, but that didn’t stop him, on February 4, 1912, after being permitted to work his parachute on the Eiffel Tower, he jumps from the first platform of the tower. However, his parachute suit failed to deploy, which eventually led to his death.

3. Alexander Bogdanov
A Russian physician and philosopher experimented with blood transfusion, attempting to achieve eternal youth or at least partial rejuvenation. He died in 1928, after he took the blood of a student suffering from malaria and tuberculosis.

4. Thomas Andrews, Jr.
An Irish born British businessman and shipbuilder and architect in charge of the plans for the ocean liner RMS Titanic, the ship hit an iceberg on 14 April 1912. He willfully perished along with more than 1,500 others. His body was never recovered.

5. Marie Curie
She was a physicist and chemist who first began the research on radioactivity. In World War 1, she developed mobile radiography units for X-Rays. Her long exposure to radiation caused her aplastic anemia that eventually lead to her death in 1934 in France.

6. William Bullock
Helped improve the printing industry that needs higher speed and efficiency. While adjusting the machine, His leg was crushed in the machine. After a few days, he developed gangrene. On April 12, 1867, Bullock died during an operation to amputate the leg.

7. Luis Jiménez
In June 2006, Luis Jiménez was killed at the age of 65 while creating the famous Colorado statue of a blue horse, the Blue Mustang, when a section of it fell on him and severed an artery in his leg.

8. Henry Winstanley
He built the first lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks in Devon, England between 1696 and 1698. During the Great Storm of 1703 the lighthouse was completely destroyed with Winstanley and five other men inside. No trace of them was found.

9. Andrei Zheleznyakov
A Soviet scientist developing chemical weapons in 1987, then a hood malfunction exposed him to traces of the nerve agent Novichok 5. He spent weeks in a coma, months unable to walk, and years suffering failing health before dying from its effects in 1992.

10. Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. And Louis Slotin
Some physicists who worked on the invention of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos died from radiation exposure in separate criticality accidents involving the same sphere of plutonium.

Salaudeen Olayinka

A lover of history

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