Bullock - Rotary printing press (1813–1867). Several years after its
invention, his foot was crushed during the installation of a new machine
in Philadelphia. The crushed foot developed gangrene and Bullock died
during the amputation.
Bogdanov – Blood Transfusion (22 August 1873 – 7 April 1928). Bogdanov
was a Russian physician, philosopher, science fiction writer and
revolutionary of Belarusian ethnicity who started blood transfusion
experiments, apparently hoping to achieve eternal youth or at least
He died after he took the blood of a student suffering from malaria and tuberculosis, possibly due to blood type incompatibility
William Nelson - Motorized bike. Nelson was killed while test-driving a motorized bike for which he invented a motor in 1903.
Soucek - Shock-Absorbent Barrel. Soucek wanted to to be one of those to
go over the Niagra falls in a barrel He succeeded in the North, but
when trying a similar stunt in the Astrodome, the barrel was released
too early — and Soucek plummeted 180 feet, hitting the rim of the water
tank designed to cushion the blow.
ibn Hammad al-Jawhari - Aviation. Ismail, a Muslim Kazakh Turkic
scholar from Farab, attempted to fly using two wooden wings and a rope.
He leapt from the roof of a mosque in Nishapur and fell to his death
Arnold von Sochocky - The first radium-based luminescent paint. He
eventually died of aplastic anemia resulting from his exposure to the
Valerian Abakovsky - Aerowagon (1895–1921). The Aerowagon was an
experimental high-speed railcar fitted with an aircraft engine and
propeller traction; it was intended to carry Soviet officials.
On 24 July 1921, a group led by Fyodor Sergeyev took the Aerowagon from
Moscow to the Tula collieries to test it, with Abakovsky also on board.
They successfully arrived in Tula, but on the return route to Moscow the
Aerowagon derailed at high speed, killing everyone on board, including
Abakovsky (at the age of 25)
H. Roper - Eponymous steam-powered bicycle. Mr Roper died of heart
attack or subsequent crash during a public speed trial in 1896. It is
unknown whether the crash caused the heart attack or vice-versa.
Midgley, Jr. - Bed lift (1889–1944). Mr Midgley was an American
engineer and chemist who contracted polio at age 51, leaving him
severely disabled. He devised an elaborate system of strings and pulleys
to help others lift him from bed.
This system was the eventual cause of his death when he was accidentally
entangled in the ropes of this device and died of strangulation at the
age of 55.
Valier - Liquid-fuelled rocket engines (1895–1930) Mr Valier invented
liquid-fueled rocket engines, as a member of the 1920s German
rocketeering society Verein für Raumschiffahrt.
On 17 May 1930, an alcohol-fueled engine exploded on his test bench in Berlin, killing him instantly.