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 Hu

It 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 spaceChinese official Wang Hu dreamed of flying into space
The servants did as instructed. There was a strong explosion, everything was clouded by thick smoke, and when it dissipated, people did not see either the car or Wang Hu himself. If it were not for the ashes and shreds of the flowered dressing gown, people might assume that he really went into space, but Wang Hu was dead.

Wooden wings, Abu Nasr Ismail ibn Hammad al Jawari

The 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 minaretThe Middle Eastern sage decided to fly from the minaret
Abu Nasr Ismail ibn Hammad al Jawari was not the first Arab to take off. He was inspired by the legend of Abbas ibn Firnas, who lived a hundred years before him. Abbas ibn Firnas lived in the 9th century in Cordoba and was an inventor. Once he designed wings from wooden slats and feathers and jumped from the minaret of the highest mosque in Cordoba. Landing was a success.

Battleship HMS Captain, Cooper Phips

Cooper 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 PhipsSailing battleship ruined his creator Cooper Phips
Sailing battleship HMS Captain was launched in 1869 and spent a year in service with the British fleet.Due to its poor stability, the ship was not suitable for war on the high seas, but it still had to be tested on high water. On board the new ship was personally attended by its 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 Bullock

The 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 creatorThe first printing press ruined its creator
4 years after the innovation in the production department of one of the publishing houses, he decided to fix the rotary machine himself.But when William inadvertently kicked one of the elements of the structure with his foot to bring him back into place, the printing machine clamped his limb in the grip of a mechanical unit and crushed the bones. The inventor died as a result of the developed gangrene.

Submarine, Horace Hanley

Back 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 failureAll three attempts to use the submarine in battle ended in failure
After these failures, the talented inventor decided to personally take control of the third prototype upon himself. And Hanley has achieved some success: under his command in 1863 an enemy ship was scuttled. But the price of victory turned out to be high: the submarine, along with the crew and its creator, went to the bottom because of the enemy’s response shot with a powerful projectile.

Glider, Otto Lilienthal

A 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 personAttempt of the first flight of the person
In 1896, Lilienthal tested a new modification of his glider (as he called his vehicle). During one of the flights, the aircraft engine hopelessly stalled, and the natural scientist collapsed from a great height, breaking his neck vertebrae.

Motorcycle, Sylvester Roper

Engineer 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 inventionThe creator of the first moped died right during the testing of his invention
Most likely, the scientist all his life felt a thirst for high speed. And I must say that he satisfied her to the very end: his heart stopped beating just when he reached a speed of 60 km / h on his primitive motorcycle.

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.The tragic story of "Titanic" is known to the whole world.
As you know, Titanic had a lot of problems, and the main one was high carbon steel, from which its body was made. Such steel becomes very fragile in the cold, and in the night waters of the Atlantic a multi-ton iceberg has easily rigged the side of the ship. Thomas Andrews, Jr. did not flee, but helped to save more than 700 passengers, putting them into the boats. At the same time, he himself refused to descend from the ship and went with him to the bottom.

Parachute, Franz Reichelt

Throughout 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 ReicheltParachute jump from the Eiffel Tower was fatal for Franz Reichelt
See how the inventor will test the parachute, a whole crowd gathered. Reichelt tried to dissuade jumping on their own, but he did not listen to anyone. Parachute Reichelt again did not open, and the scientist died in front of the public. The death of Reichelt was meaningless - by this time both in Russia and in the USA they had already invented and experienced a parachute-pack.

Aeromotovagon, Valerian Abakovsky

Where 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 inventionsValerian Abakovsky permanently entered his name in the history of inventions
But as practice has shown, even a smart person can destroy the domestic roads. And if the first race “for Tula gingerbread” for all passengers was successful, then on the way back because of the derailment, the whole test team died.

Radiy, Maria Sklodovskaya-Curie

The 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 neckMaria Sklodovskaya-Curie wore a radioactive pendant around her neck
Maria’s personal manuscripts are still dangerous to hold in their hands, so much so that they are saturated with radiation.It's amazing how a great inventor could live to 66 years. The diagnosis turned out to be quite natural - leukemia. It is known that Marie Curie wore a talisman made of radium around her neck. This slow killer was the cause of her death.

Jet engine, Max Valle

Max 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 carMax Valle worked on creating a rocket car
In the late 30s, Max Valle worked with the owners of the concern Opel to create jet cars and airplanes. In January 1930, the first test of a liquid-fuel rocket car took place. The trip lasted only five minutes, but proved to be successful: Valle believed that jet engines have a future in mechanical engineering.
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 Bogdanov

Bolshevik 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 bloodAlexander Bogdanov believed in the rejuvenating power of blood
By order of Stalin, the Blood Institute was established, which was headed by Bogdanov. He conducted numerous experiments there. The first few times were successful. To the inspired scientist, it began to seem as if he was becoming less bald, better looking, and generally feeling great. The tragedy occurred in 1928, when Bogdanov took the blood from his student, rejection, sepsis and death occurred. The student at the same time survived.

Tank T-34, Mikhail Koshkin

The 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 PatrioticThe creator of the legendary tank T-34 died before the beginning of the Great Patriotic
After the demonstration in Moscow, Koshkin and his colleagues in tanks went back to the Kharkov factory. On the way, somewhere near Orel, one of the T-34s got off the road and fell into the water. Mikhail Koshkin personally rushed into the swampy lake to push the car. Soon after, he contracted pneumonia, which eventually caused him to die. While in the hospital, where he was deprived of light, Koshkin continued to lead the completion of the tank, but he was not destined to learn about the role of the "thirty-four" in the Great Patriotic War.

Tetraethyl Lead, Thomas Midgley

The 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 layerThomas Midgley - a chemist who nearly destroyed the ozone layer
Thomas Midgeley also owned the idea of ​​using freons and chlorofluorocarbons in the production of refrigerators and deodorants. In the mid-80s, it was proved that chlorofluorocarbons destroy the ozone layer of the Earth. By 55, Thomas Midzhli was a wreck - he fell ill with polio and was bedridden. Midgley came up with a clever system of ropes, with which he could be lifted out of bed for domestic needs. Karma overtook Midgley: he died, entangled in these very ropes, in 1944.

Avtolet, Henry Smolinski

Henry 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 carInventor Henry Smolinski tried to combine the plane and the car
In 1973, Henry Smolinski "crossed" the plane with a ground vehicle and tried to lift the entire structure into the air. Smolinsky "crossed" a mini-plane Sessna and a Ford 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 Soucek

Canadian 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
In a large red barrel with a large inscription "Karel Soucek" he flew 300 meters from the top of the waterfall and landed in the water. This experiment ended successfully - Soucek was injured, but on the whole he got off quite easily.
Karel Soucek with his red capsuleKarel Soucek with his red capsule
A year later, Soucek decided to repeat the extreme experience elsewhere - at the Astrodome stadium in Houston, Texas. He was going to slide down from a height of 85 meters and land in the water. Broadcast stunt was on television. The Sauchek was dissuaded from the experiment, and for good reason: the capsule with a stuntman inside collapsed on the floor without getting into the water tank.When Karel Soucek was cut out from a red barrel, he was still alive, although he was all wounded. Soucek died a few minutes while the broadcast was still going on.
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.

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