Here Are 10 Unlucky Inventors That Were Killed By Their Own Inventions

Otto Lilienthal6

Otto Lilienthal was a German pioneer of aviation who became known as the Glider King, and was also the first person to make repeated successful gliding flights. Hundreds of newspapers and magazines in various countries published pictures of Lilienthal gliding, and influencing public and scientific opinion about the possibility of flying machines becoming reality.

On August 9th, 1896, Lilienthal fell 15 feet when his glider stalled… breaking his spine in the process. He died shortly the next day with his final words being, “Small sacrifices must be made!”

William Bullock

William Bullock was a famous American inventor who invented the rotary printing press in 1863. Helping revolutionize the printing industry due to its great speed and efficiency. Bullock died while trying to repair one of his printing presses, by getting his foot crushed under one of the machines when he wad trying to kick a pulley into place. His foot later became gangrenous, and Bullock died during an operation to amputate his foot.

J. G. Parry-Thomas

John Godfrey Parry-Thomas was a Welsh motor-racing driver and engineer who dreamed of breaking the land speed record set by Malcolm Campbell. Parry-Thomas developed a car, named Babs, which had many modifications, such as an exposed chains connecting the wheels to the engines.

On the 27th of April 1926, Parry-Thomas shattered the existing record, hitting over 170 mph. The record stood for about a year, before Malcolm Campbell broke it in 1927. However, on trying to reclaim his record, one of the chains snapped and flew into his neck, partially decapitating him.

Thomas Midgley Jr

Thomas Midgley was an American chemist who invented both leaded petrol and CFC’s. He has come to be known as having “had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth history” and “the one human responsible for more deaths than any other in history” due to his inventions.

He eventually contracted Polio and lead poisoning and which left him disabled in bed. This caused him to create an elaborate system of pulleys and ropes in order to lift himself from bed. He died at the age of 55 after being strangled by one of his pulleys…. and is notable for the fact that both his inventions, leaded petrol and his pulley operated bed, contributed to his death.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a French-Polish physicist and chemist who is famous for discovering a host of new elements, including radium and polonium, as well as the theory of radioactivity and the isolation of radioactive isotopes. She was the joint winner of the Nobel Prize in 1903 (along with her husband Pierre).

She died on July 4, 1934, from aplastic anaemia, almost certainly contracted from exposure to radiation. She had carried test tubes containing radioactive isotopes in her pocket and stored them in her desk drawer, remarking on the pretty blue-green light that the substances gave off in the dark.

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