Top 10 Inventors Who Were Killed By Their Own Inventions

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6. Franz Reichelt

Franz Reichelt

He was a tailor from Australia who is known for inventing a strange overcoat or parachute hybrid. Franz claimed that the one who wears this hybrid overcoat could sail gently to ground and even fly with it. For his experiments, he used the first and initial deck of Eiffel Tower, Paris. He then tried to conduct the flying experiment in front of a small crowd and a media crew with cameras. He immediately died from the impact of the fall.


7. Karel Soucek

Karel Soucek

He was a stuntman from Canada who is famous for his invention called “Capsule” which he used to ride down the Niagara Falls. The Capsule resembles a barrel and can be thought of as a modified barrel. While doing this, he suffered a few injuries but survived. In the year 1985, he got a company to finance his barrel drop from the height of Houston Astrodome, Texas, after a lot of convincing. They created a special waterfall at height of 18 ft from the ground with a pit at the bottom. Unfortunately, the stunt was unsuccessful and instead of falling in the center of the pool, he fell at the rim and injured himself severely. Next day itself, he died. To respect the invention, his ‘Capsule’ is a part of New York State Museum now.


8. Cowper Phipps Coles

Cowper Phipps Coles

Cowper Phipps Coles was a much respected Royal Navy Captain during the Crimean War. He invented a rotating turret that can be used in ships. When the war was over, he made that rotating turret his patent and started making his own ships using that design involving revolution. He made a ship named HMS Captain which needed many unusual modifications which were also dangerous. One of the modifications was to create a ‘Hurricane Deck’ that raised the center of gravity. This Hurricane Deck capsized on 6th September 1870 and the incident killed Cowper Coles and many others among its 500 crew members.


9. Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov was a physician, economist, philosopher, writer (science fiction) and a revolutionary. He was from Russia and was one of the many Great Russian scientists. He did many experiments and one of his ideas was of rejuvenation through transfusion of blood. In his experiments, he gave blood transfusions to many patients one of them was Lenin’s sister. Then, he made a decision that he would try it on himself. So he gave a transfusion of one patient’s blood. That patient whose blood was transfused was suffering from malaria and tuberculosis. Shortly, after that, Alexander died.


10. Henry Winstanley:

Henry Winstanley

Henry Winstanley was a very famous English architect who used to build lighthouses. He was the one engineer who was behind the construction of first Eddystone Lighthouse. After building that lighthouse, he wanted to test the strength of the lighthouse in every kind of weather. He, therefore, went up inside the lighthouse during a storm. The lighthouse could not stand against the storm and collapsed. This killed Winstanley and other five people.

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