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List of inventors killed by their own inventions

Discussion in 'Biashara, Uchumi na Ujasiriamali' started by Chasha Poultry Farm, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Chasha Poultry Farm

    Chasha Poultry Farm Verified User

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    This is a list of inventors whose deaths were in some manner caused by or related to a product, process, procedure, or other innovation that they invented or designed
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    [TD]Name[/TD]
    [TD]Nationality[/TD]
    [TD]Invention[/TD]
    [TD]Year of Death[/TD]
    [TD]Cause of Death[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Li Si[/TD]
    [TD]Chinese[/TD]
    [TD]The Five Pains[/TD]
    [TD]208 B.C.[/TD]
    [TD]He was executed by his own method of execution after being convicted of treason.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ James Douglas[/TD]
    [TD]Scottish[/TD]
    [TD]Scottish Maiden[/TD]
    [TD]1581[/TD]
    [TD]He was beheaded on the Scottish Maiden he invented.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Henry Winstanley[/TD]
    [TD]British[/TD]
    [TD]Eddystone Lighthouse[/TD]
    [TD]1703[/TD]
    [TD]He died in his lighthouse during the Great Storm of 1703.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier[/TD]
    [TD]French[/TD]
    [TD]Rozière Balloon[/TD]
    [TD]1785[/TD]
    [TD]He died when the balloon crashed while trying to cross the English Channel on its second flight.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Horace Lawson Hunley[/TD]
    [TD]American[/TD]
    [TD]Submarine named H. L. Hunley[/TD]
    [TD]1863[/TD]
    [TD]He died in the 2nd failed attempt to use it.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ William Bullock[/TD]
    [TD]American[/TD]
    [TD]Rotary Printing Press[/TD]
    [TD]1867[/TD]
    [TD]His foot got caught in the press contraption, developed gangrene that led to his death 4 days later.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Cowper Phipps Coles[/TD]
    [TD]British[/TD]
    [TD]Turret Ship[/TD]
    [TD]1870[/TD]
    [TD]He died when his ship sunk due to overload.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Otto Lilienthal[/TD]
    [TD]German[/TD]
    [TD]Hang Glider[/TD]
    [TD]1896[/TD]
    [TD]He died due to a 56 feet (17 m) fall when his glider lost lift during a flight.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ William Nelson[/TD]
    [TD]American[/TD]
    [TD]Motorized Bicycle[/TD]
    [TD]1903[/TD]
    [TD]He died when he fell off his motorized bicycle while testing it in General Electric.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Franz Reichelt[/TD]
    [TD]Austrian[/TD]
    [TD]Overcoat Parachute[/TD]
    [TD]1912[/TD]
    [TD]His death was due to fall from Eiffel Tower during a demonstration on 4th February.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Thomas Andrews[/TD]
    [TD]Irish[/TD]
    [TD]Architect of Titanic[/TD]
    [TD]1912[/TD]
    [TD]He died when the Titanic capsized on its maiden voyage in April.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Aurel Vlaicu[/TD]
    [TD]Romanian[/TD]
    [TD]Vlaicu II Airplane[/TD]
    [TD]1913[/TD]
    [TD]He died when his plane crashed on the Carpathian Mountains.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Valerian Abakovsky[/TD]
    [TD]Latvian[/TD]
    [TD]Aerowagon[/TD]
    [TD]1921[/TD]
    [TD]He died when the Aerowagon derailed during the test ride.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ John Godfrey Parry-Thomas[/TD]
    [TD]Welsh[/TD]
    [TD]Babs Car[/TD]
    [TD]1927[/TD]
    [TD]His death occurred when the car's right hand drive chain broke in a race which led to a fatal head injury.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Alexander Bogdanov[/TD]
    [TD]Russian[/TD]
    [TD]Blood Transfusion[/TD]
    [TD]1928[/TD]
    [TD]He died when the blood in the 12th transfusion done on himself was contaminated (some say the blood group was incompatible).[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Max Valier[/TD]
    [TD]German[/TD]
    [TD]Liquid-fueled Rocket Engine[/TD]
    [TD]1930[/TD]
    [TD]He died when one of the liquid-fueled engines exploded on his lab desk.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Marie Curie[/TD]
    [TD]Polish[/TD]
    [TD]Radium, Polonium and Theory of Radioactivity[/TD]
    [TD]1934[/TD]
    [TD]She died of aplastic anemia caused due to constant exposure to radioactive elements.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Thomas Midgley, Jr.[/TD]
    [TD]American[/TD]
    [TD]Mechanical Bed with pulleys[/TD]
    [TD]1944[/TD]
    [TD]His death was due to lead poisoning and strangulation by ropes on his mechanical bed.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Harry K. Daghlian, Jr.[/TD]
    [TD]American[/TD]
    [TD]Atom Bomb[/TD]
    [TD]1945[/TD]
    [TD]They died due to acute radiation caused by lab accidents involving the same plutonium sphere.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Louis Slotin[/TD]
    [TD]Canadian[/TD]
    [TD]Atom Bomb[/TD]
    [TD]1946[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Donald M. Campbell[/TD]
    [TD]British[/TD]
    [TD]Motorboat Speed Engine[/TD]
    [TD]1966[/TD]
    [TD]He died when his motorboat (with the speed engine) capsized in a race.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Henry Smolinski[/TD]
    [TD]American[/TD]
    [TD]Flying Car[/TD]
    [TD]1973[/TD]
    [TD]During a flight, the right wing of the car came off, resulting in a crash and the inventor's death.[/TD]
    [/TR]
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    [TD]☛ Karel Soucek[/TD]
    [TD]Canadian[/TD]
    [TD]Water Capsule[/TD]
    [TD]1985[/TD]
    [TD]He succumbed to injuries caused when his capsule capsized on its second test.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ Michael Dacre[/TD]
    [TD]British[/TD]
    [TD]Flying Taxi[/TD]
    [TD]2009[/TD]
    [TD]He died when his flying taxi crashed during the test flight.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]☛ James (Jimi) Heselden[/TD]
    [TD]British[/TD]
    [TD]Segway Gyrobike (Owner)[/TD]
    [TD]2010[/TD]
    [TD]He died when he fell off an 80 feet cliff after the Segway scooter he was riding lost balance.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    It would be utter cowardice to say that it is better to keep 'thinking' instead of 'doing' just because some were unfortunate enough to pay with their lives for their creativity. Besides, many of the inventions mentioned above have played an important role in the development of man. Maybe the dying words of one such inventor (Otto Lilienthal) best describes the significance of losing a life for an invention - "Sacrifices must be made."
     
  2. Chasha Poultry Farm

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    True sacrifice ni lazima ifanyike, huku ndo kujitoa mhanga, inashangaza sana kama hawa waliweza kujitolea kufa kwa faida ya wengine leo hii sisi hata kuanzisha kibanda cha kuchaji simu mtu anaogopa, kama hawa waliweza kufa sembuse kufilisika,
     
  3. Penguin-1

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    duh....
     
  4. Osaka

    Osaka JF-Expert Member

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    Thanks Komandoo! Very informative!
     
  5. Duduwasha

    Duduwasha JF-Expert Member

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    Ritz Mbona hakuna Muiran yeyote? na misifa yao ya kucopy and Paste
     
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  6. serio

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    wenyewe hawajauawa na invention zao...lol
     
  7. Duduwasha

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    Ni ngumu kundei kwenye copy and paste....
     
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    emalau JF-Expert Member

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    It seems most of inventions were made by people of Caucasian origin, Should we say that they are superior more than other races?
     
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