mercredi 15 octobre 2014

Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions

William 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.

Alexander 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 partial rejuvenation.
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.

Karel 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.

Ismail 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

Sabin Arnold von Sochocky - The first radium-based luminescent paint. He eventually died of aplastic anemia resulting from his exposure to the radioactive material

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)

Sylvester 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.

Thomas 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.

Max 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.

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