Inventors who got killed by their inventions
It is always said that “excess of anything is bad”. Sometimes when we are overpowered by our passions we tend to see what we want to see ignoring the realities or rather denying them. Scientific minds lead to great discoveries, but sometimes this comes at a price and that price is high when it is your life. Below are few of the inventors who were betrayed by their own inventions:
1 Franz Reichert-the Flying Tailor
An Australian born French tailor was possessed by the idea of creating a parachute which will allow a man to fall from the aircraft in case of an emergency without losing his life but who knew what the virtue was planning for this poor soul. He had success in his initial experiments which he carried from form the fifth floor of his apartment building with dummies but he was unable to imitate them with his successive designed parachutes.
He considered that perhaps the lack of proper flight due to a lower testing platform is the culprit behind his failed attempts. He repeatedly filed the petition to the Parisian Prefecture of Police to permit him for conducting a test from the top of the Eiffel tower. He finally got the permission but nobody imagined that this madness and possession with his believe will push him so far that he will perform the test with a living soul instead of a body. The living person was none other than himself. Despite all the attempts of dissuasion he jumped off the tower, the parachute never worked but his fate got the better of him and he died.
2 Thomas Andrews
A man was standing alone in the first-class smoking room of the RMS Titanic, staring onto the famous painting of “Plymouth Harbour” with his arms folded above his chest like wondering about something. Ten minutes later titanic sunk and this man was standing right at the tip of the breaking point of the ship. History has written down his name as Thomas Andrews-the managing director of the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolf as well as the Naval architect of the Titanic. He was quoted to praise that titanic was as perfect as a human brain could make.
3 Jim Fixx
The author of the bestselling book of 1977 “The complete book of running” died on 20th June, 1984 in the middle of marathon due to the heart attack. It was for this very man that the Americans found the right direction of leading a healthier life but he himself could not evade the decisions of the fate.
4 Max Valier
He was an Austrian rocketry pioneer who helped founding the German “Spaceflight Society” hence leading the early efforts of the human’s travelling into the space. In the years of 1928, 1929 and 1930 he aroused great interest in the general public about rocketry by making some rocket powered cars, aircraft’s and by publishing some of his work. On April 19th, 1930 he drove the first rocket car with liquid propulsion but died a month after it when an alcohol filled rocket blew him up in his test bench.
5 Marie Curie
She was a polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering work in the field of radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a noble prize and the first person to win it twice. Interestingly overall the Curie family has won five noble prizes. During World War 1, she established the first military radio logical centers. She died in 1934 due to the exposure of radioactivity brought to her while carrying test tubes of radium in her pockets during her research work and while serving in her own created mobile X-ray units.
6 Valerian Abakovsky
This young man who died at the age of 25 is known for the invention of “Aerowagon”; an experimental high speed railcar with an aero engine and propeller traction. It was intended to carry the Soviet officials. He took a ride in his own invented Aerowagon accompanied with other communist from Moscow to Tula but couldn’t make his way back to the Moscow as the Aerowegan derailed at a fairly large speed.