Fate is sometimes too cruel with those who dare to push progress forward, and no one is immune from its vicissitudes. We will tell about the most famous scientists who were killed by their inventions.
Aircraft Wan HuIt is not known when the Chinese inventor Wang Hu lived. Researchers believe that around the XV-XVI century. The Chinese manuscripts of the time described how the official decided to become an aeronaut. His car was a chair with two kites attached to it and 47 rockets with gunpowder. Wang Hu decided to go into space. He sat in the chair of his car and ordered the servants to set fire to the rocket.
Chinese official Wang Hu dreamed of flying into space
Wooden wings, Abu Nasr Ismail ibn Hammad al JawariThe lexicographer and author of the Arabic Dictionary of Expansion lived at the turn of the X-XI centuries in the city of Nishapur in the territory of modern Iran. He decided to make a flight, taking off from the roof of a mosque on his own wooden wings. The flight was unsuccessful, and the Middle East Icarus died.
The Middle Eastern sage decided to fly from the minaret
Battleship HMS Captain, Cooper PhipsCooper Phips developed and insisted on the construction of one of the most powerful ships of his time. He equipped the HMS Captain armored ship with a rotating turret that could send warheads in all directions.
Sailing battleship ruined his creator Cooper Phips
The tragedy happened when the ship was on the high seas and was sailing in full sail. Because of this, the ship rocked even stronger. In addition, the battleship was overloaded with weapons. In the end, HMS Captain fell over and sank, burying almost all the crew members. Only 18 people were saved, and the creator of the battleship Cooper Phips died.
Printing press, William BullockThe first printing press was invented by Johann Gutenberg in the 15th century, but there were many imperfections in his device. One of the most advanced models of his time was developed by William Bullock in 1860. Automating the paper feed process has led to the fact that publishers have significantly increased their circulation. But for a short time Bullock happened to rejoice in his fame as an inventor.
The first printing press ruined its creator
Submarine, Horace HanleyBack in 1861, Horace Khanli was the first to build a working model of a submarine. His submarines were designed to wage the US Civil War from 1861 to 1865, so the design of the device kept in the strictest confidence. For example, the first submarine Hinley had to be destroyed so that the enemy could not reach it. The second went to the bottom because of damage to the hull plating.
All three attempts to use the submarine in battle ended in failure
Glider, Otto LilienthalA talented engineer Otto Lilienthal was firmly convinced that people are able to rise high. The models of his flying devices were cumbersome and outwardly resembled monsters, but they still withstood the test of flight.
Attempt of the first flight of the person
Motorcycle, Sylvester RoperEngineer Sylvester Ropur had golden hands: he made a variety of mechanisms - from a sewing machine to a steam engine. Restless thirst for new discoveries pushed him to the most reckless acts. What else could have caused a 70-year old man to attach the above-mentioned engine to his bike and go for a walk? Probably not only the desire to show off in front of an amazed public.
The creator of the first moped died right during the testing of his invention
Transatlantic steamer, Thomas Andrews, Jr.Thomas Andrews Jr. was a talented Irish designer who was attracted to the construction of the unforgettable "Titanic." When in 1912 a huge ship collided with an iceberg due to a team oversight, the shipbuilder was on board. He quickly appreciated the consequences of the crushing blow and soberly reasoned that the liner was destined to drown.
The tragic story of "Titanic" is known to the whole world.
Parachute, Franz ReicheltThroughout his life, Franz Reichelt devoted to tailoring craft, because he burned inside a pipe dream. His goal was a model of the first parachute - a device that would save the pilots from certain death. Reichelt spent two years on sewing different models of parachute suits. He lived on the fifth floor, and dropped mannequins with parachutes from the window of his own apartment. Several parachutes opened, and several - no. The tailor inventor believed that the matter was at a low height. He tried to get permission from the Paris authorities to jump from the Eiffel Tower. When permission was obtained in 1912, Reichelt decided to experiment.
Parachute jump from the Eiffel Tower was fatal for Franz Reichelt
Aeromotovagon, Valerian AbakovskyWhere are the Japanese with their high-speed trains to the Russian scientist Valerian Abakovsky! Back in the early 20s of the twentieth century, being a very young man, he invented and built a miracle trolley that could bring the party elite from Tula to the capital.Its unit was equipped with the most real aircraft propeller and engine, thanks to which the aeromobile developed a speed of about 140 km / h. Unthinkable achievement for a young engineer and then Russia.
Valerian Abakovsky permanently entered his name in the history of inventions
Radiy, Maria Sklodovskaya-CurieThe world-famous chemists Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie own the discovery of radium. At the beginning of the twentieth century, people still did not know about the hidden properties of these dangerous chemical elements. The Curie couple had to prove the danger of radiation by their own example. Satisfied with their discovery made in 1902 and the Nobel Prizes, the laureates lost their care, for which they paid with their own health.
Maria Sklodovskaya-Curie wore a radioactive pendant around her neck
Jet engine, Max ValleMax Valle was one of the pioneers of rocket science. His passion for jet engines began in 1923, when Valle read a book about the prospects for interplanetary travel. He wrote his own popular science work "Breakthrough in Space", which became a bestseller.
Max Valle worked on creating a rocket car
Max Valle’s life was cut short in just three months, in April 1930. The alcohol fuel rocket exploded when the inventor stood next to her.The shard hit the aorta, and Valle bled out in less than a minute.
Elixir of Immortality, Alexander BogdanovBolshevik Alexander Bogdanov was an associate of Lenin, but a few years before the revolution, he withdrew from party affairs and gave himself to medicine. He promoted his own method of rejuvenation: Bogdanov suggested that older people should receive blood transfusions taken from young people.
Alexander Bogdanov believed in the rejuvenating power of blood
Tank T-34, Mikhail KoshkinThe creator of the legendary T-34 tank, Soviet engineer Mikhail Koshkin, before the war, worked on the creation of a new combat vehicle. By March 1940, the preparatory stage was completed, the tests began. Two “thirty-fours” left Kharkov for Moscow, where the designer presented them to Stalin.
The creator of the legendary tank T-34 died before the beginning of the Great Patriotic
Tetraethyl Lead, Thomas MidgleyThe life story of Thomas Midgley, an American chemist and engineer, is perhaps the best illustration of the cynicism of large corporations. Thomas Midgeley owes peace to inventions that have a devastating impact on the environment.
Midgley was an engineer at General Electric. He discovered a lead compound that lowered a knock on internal combustion engines. The invention was introduced into production. Then no one thought that the fumes of heavy metals are toxic. In the factories where tetraethyl lead was added to gasoline, workers began to seriously hurt. In 1924, the factory killed five people in a few days, 35 were left disabled. However, adding a dangerous substance to gasoline continued for another 30 years.
Thomas Midgley - a chemist who nearly destroyed the ozone layer
Avtolet, Henry SmolinskiHenry Smolinsky spent half his life at the Aerospace Institute, but could not part with the dream of designing his own aircraft, which could travel on the ground and take off into the air. In the early seventies, he gave up his career and began to develop his avtolet.
Inventor Henry Smolinski tried to combine the plane and the car
In the test flight Smolinski went with a friend-engineer Harold Blake. Already in flight, it turned out that welding was done poorly. A wing fell off in the air, the two comrades collapsed down together with a pile of iron and died.
Capsule, Karel SoucekCanadian professional stuntman Karel Souchek conceived a dangerous experiment in 1984. He wanted to go down the Niagara Falls in a special barrel, which he called the “capsule”, and at the same time stay alive.
Karel Soucek survived by descending into a niagara capsule
Karel Soucek with his red capsule
Fate was not favorable to all inventors: some of them were severely punished for their arrogance and the lack of adequate calculations. We invite you to learn about more successful scientists.