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Six unlucky inventors killed by their own inventions

Inventions and creations of new devices or processes, resulting from study and experimentation, have tremendously improved lifestyle of human beings.

There are countless inventors and discoverers who have benefited the humanity with their products. Today, we would like to introduce six such inventors who lost their lives because of their famed inventions and discoveries.


Inventor of Parachute Suit


Inventor of the parachute suit Franz Reichelt, an Austrian-born French tailor, died in 1912 after attempting to test his own invention, a wearable parachute suit for pilots who would escape from a damaged plane, from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The experiment was conducted in presence of media after getting permission from the city administration. Unluckily, the experiment turned futile.




Chief Designer of the Titanic


Chief Designer of the Titanic Thomas Andrews Jr died on the sinking giant ship in 1912 while helping people into lifeboats.


Titanic was a British passenger ship with 2,224 people aboard. The largest ship of that time sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912, after crashing with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

Over 1500 passengers and crew died making it the deadliest maritime disaster of the modern history.


Inventor of ‘Five Pains’ Execution Method


Inventor of Five Pains execution method Li Si of Qin Dynasty was executed in 208 BC for overriding the emperor’s wishes by the same torture method that he introduced.

The Five Pains varied with time. Mostly they involved tattooing, cutting off the nose, amputation of one or both feet, castration and death.


Discoverer of Radium, Polonium


Discoverer of radium and polonium Marie Curie died in 1934 of leukemia caused by exposure to radiation.

Radium and polonium are intensely radioactive metallic elements.


Inventor of Aerowagon


Inventor of Aerowagon Valerian Abakovsky, a Soviet engineer, died in 1921 after his experimental railcar derailed a high speed.

Aerowagon was an experimental high-speed railcar fitted with an aircraft engine and propeller traction.



Inventor of Improved Rotary Printing Press


The father of the web rotary printing press and modern printing William Bullock died in 1867 after his leg was crushed in his own printing press.

Bullock was trying to kick a driving belt onto a pulley with his leg which was caught in the machine and crushed. Nine days later, he died during the operation to amputate his crushed limb, which had become infected with gangrene.



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