7 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

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Francis Stanley

In 1896 Stanley invented a steam-powered car. While out for a drive in 1918, Stanley missed a sharp, causing the car to flip and killing its creator.

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William Bullock

Bullock invented a printing press for newspapers. While installing one of his presses at a Philadelphia newspaper he got caught in one of its pulleys, crushing his leg. The resulting infection eventually did for the unfortunate American.

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Thomas Andrews

Designer of the Titanic Thomas Andrews was onboard the ship during its historic journey. Legend has it that once passengers had boarded the lifeboats, Thomas went to the first class smoking room and stared at the painting “Portsmouth Harbour” while the boat sank.

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Henry Smolinski and Hal Blake

Smolinski and Blake developed a flying car, the AVE Mizar, by combining a Ford Pinto and a Cessna Skymaster. During the first test flight the wings separated from the car, instantly killing the inventors in the crash.

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie discovered the elements radium and polonium and coined the term “nuclear radiation”. Her research won Marie Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics, but also led to the cancer that killed her in 1934.

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Franz Reichelt

French tailor Franz Reichelt was the first to hit upon the idea of a parachute worn as clothes. Reichelt requested police allow him test the parachute from the Eiffel Tower. The police assumed he would conduct the test with a dummy, and were shocked when the inventor made his fatal leap from the Paris landmark.

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