Innovation and advancement, humans are greatly driven by these forces. The need to know more, explore and create new things makes scientist and engineers to conduct research. However with this great adventure comes a price.
Over the centuries, many researchers has suffered a great deal, many died others fail and couldn’t continue.
On our list are 5 notable inventors who lost their lives through accidents caused by their inventions.
William Bullock (1813 – April 12, 1867) was an American inventor whose 1863 improvements to Richard March Hoe’s rotary printing press helped revolutionize the printing industry due to its great speed and efficiency. While installing a machine for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Bullock tried to kick a belt onto a pulley and got his leg crushed in the moving mechanism. He quickly developed gangrene and his leg needed amputating. During his surgery on April 12, 1867, Bullock died of complications.
Francis Edgar Stanley
Francis Edgar Stanley, also known as F. E. Stanley (June 1, 1849 – July 13, 1918), was an American businessman and was the co-founder, along with his twin brother Freelan Oscar Stanley, of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company which built the Stanley Steamer. On July 13, 1918, Francis Stanley was testing one of his Steemers and swerved to miss some farm animals. He plowed into a wood pile and died.
Jean-Francoise Pilatre de Rozier:
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (30 March 1754 – 15 June 1785) was a French chemistry and physics teacher, and one of the first pioneers of aviation. He and the Marquis d’Arlandes made the first manned free balloon flight on 21 November 1783, in a Montgolfier balloon.
He later died when his balloon crashed near Wimereux in the Pas-de-Calais during an attempt to fly across the English Channel. He and his companion, Pierre Romain, thus became the first known fatalities in an air crash.
Louis Alexander Slotin (1 December 1910 – 30 May 1946) was a Canadian physicist and chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project. During World War II, Slotin conducted research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He performed experiments with uranium and plutonium cores to determine their critical mass values.
On 21 May 1946, Slotin was conducting a demonstration when he accidentally initiated a fission reaction, which released a burst of hard radiation. He received a lethal dose of radiation and died of acute radiation syndrome nine days later.
Karel Soucek (April 19, 1947 – January 20, 1985) was a Canadian professional stuntman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1984. He lived in Hamilton, Ontario.
On January 19, 1985, as Soucek was enclosed in his barrel, 180 feet above the floor of the Astrodome, the barrel was released prematurely and began spinning as it fell toward the floor. Instead of landing in the center of the tank of water, the barrel hit the rim.