Top 10 Inventors Who Were Killed By Their Own Inventions

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Inventions lead to progress and lead to other inventions. They increase our knowledge about the world we live in. Inventions tell us the extents of a Human brain and its capabilities. But to know and to learn, high risks are to be taken. Here is the list of some great and famous personalities who took risk and invented things but died because of their inventions.


1. Marie Curie

Marie Curie

She was a French chemist and physicist. She is well known for the discovery of new elements such as radium and polonium. She also gave the theory of radioactivity as well as the isolation of radioactive isotopes. She was a Nobel Prize winner for her inventions. But due to the exposure to radiations, she died from aplastic anaemia on 4th July, 1934.


2. Thomas Midgley

Thomas Midgley

He is known for inventing petrol and CFCs. He was a chemist and eventually got lead poisoning. This made him disabled and he got inspired to create a pulley system using ropes so that he could lift himself up from the bed. But one day, at the age of 55, he got strangled into one of the ropes of his pulley and he died.


3. John Godfrey Parry-Thomas

John Godfrey Parry-Thomas

J.G. Parry Thomas was an engineer and a motor racing driver who was a Welsh. He invented a high speed car gaining inspiration from his dream of crossing the land speed and records earlier set. He named his car as ‘Babs’ and it has very unique. It can be stated as there were chains used to connect wheels to the engine and those chains were not hidden but could be seen. He wanted to break the record of Malcolm Campbell and was successful once. But Malcolm made another record. While he was trying to reclaim the record, a chain snapped which hit his neck and killed him on the spot.


4. William Bullock

William Bullock

William bullock was born in America and is known for inventing rotatory press for printing in the year 1863. The print industry was all of a sudden revolutionized by the new rotating press which had great speed and perfect efficiency. One day, when he was repairing one of the press machines, his foot was crushed under it. He was actually trying to place a pulley into the right spot but instead hurt himself. Doctors tried to amputate his foot but he died during the operation.


5. Otto Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal, later known as ‘The Glider King’, was a pioneer of aviation for humans. He was the first one in the history of mankind who was repeatedly successful in making gliding flights. He soon became famous throughout the world as newspapers and magazines started publishing photographs of him gliding. This influenced a lot of people about scientific opinions. People started believing that making a flying machine in reality was possible. This hope in people was after ages of fantasies and unscientific proofs. But on 9th august 1896, Otto Lilienthal took a flight and reached 17 meters above ground and then fell down. This accident broke his spine and he died next day.


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