Not always inventing something for the entire humanity’s benefit also means that it will be beneficial for you. The life of some great people, whose inventions we are using today, ended as a result of their work. Here are 10 inventors who were killed by their own inventions:
1. The owner of the company that produces the Segway died while riding one (2010)
Jimi Heselden is not , strictly speaking , the inventor of the product, but the fact that he owns the company that produces the segways and was killed while he was riding one, is too ironic not to be mentioned on this list!
Babes was a racing car, one of the fastest which existed in the world, in the 1920s. Its creator was racing pilot John Godfrey Parry-Thomas, whose dream always had been that of breaking the speed record. Thus, he invented Babes, a modified racing car, to help him achieve this goal. He managed indeed to break the speed record, but Babes killed him soon after, when one of the exposed chains linking the wheels to the engine suddenly broke and flew directly into his neck, decapitating the poor man.
3. William Bullock, killed by a revengeful machine (1867)
William Bullock died a stupid death after having caught his leg in the mechanism of his invention, the rotary printing press. Apparently, he was annoyed with its functioning and kicked it (this being only one of the versions of the story) . His leg remained stuck therein and was cut. He died of gangrene soon after.
4. Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhar, tried to fly and failed (1002 or 1008)
Ten centuries ago, this muslim scholar had a dream that also inspired many others, before and after him. Unlike most people, he was decided to live his dream, which proved a bad idea. Ismail built a flying machine made of wood and ropes and climbed on the roof of a mosque to try it. Of course, he did not fly, but rather fell like a rock.
5. Harry Houdini’s magic could not save him (1926)
The death of this famous magician was not caused, as you might think specifically by one of his magic acts, but rather, had a tragic connection to it. Apparently, Houdini accepted to demonstrate his abnormal strength and faced numerous blows in the abdomen, as he did many time before, with no consequence to his health. This time however, his appendicitis, which was inflamed, could not handle the pressure and quickly progressed into peritonitis, killing him.
6. Marie Curie had no idea about the effects of radiation(1934)
This exceptional lady, the famous researcher into the field of radioactivity, and the discoverer of two highly radioactive chemical elements, polonium and uranium, was killed by her discoveries. She died at the age of 67, due to the exposure to radiation. Back then, the deadly effects of the radioactive materials were unknown, and Marie Curie never protected herself, thus dying little by little every day, without even knowing it.
7. The creator of a killing device was executed with the help of his very own invention (1581)
Regent James Douglas, the 4th Earl of Morton was the one who introduced the Scottish maiden, an execution device which resembled a guillotine, in England. Unfortunately for him, the very same device was used to execute him years later.