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Thursday 25 May 2017
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21 Unlucky Inventors Who Were Ironically Killed By Their Own Inventions

Know that feel when your own child kills you? Shit, that’s probably not the best line to open with, but it’s too late – the deed is done. And, of course you don’t know that feel – how could you? Unless you’re actually a dead person reading this. *shudders*

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is, human history is filled with people whose deaths were caused by the things they created. Lo and behold, we’ve even compiled a list for you.

1. Marie Curie – Died of aplastic anemia as a result of prolonged exposure to ionizing radiation

Marie Curie, who’s known as the co-discovering radium and polonium, also invented the process to isolate radium. She died of prolonged exposure to radiation emitted from her research materials.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

2. Karel Soucek – Died from a stunt he had invented

After his successful stunt of being dropped from Niagara Falls in a barrel he designed himself, Karel Soucek decided to do it again from the Houston Astrodome and drop into a tank of water. However, his stunt did not go as planned and the barrel hit the rim of the tank. Soucek died in the hospital a couple hours later.

Karel Soucek

Karel Soucek

3. James Douglas – Died by execution using the ‘Scottish Maiden’, a beheading device he invented

James Douglas was the 4th Earl of Morton who lived in Scotland under the reign of King James VI. As fate would have it, he’s most remembered for being executed in Edinburgh by the Maiden, a Scottish guillotine that he himself had introduced to the country during his term as Regent of Scotland.

James Douglas

James Douglas

4. Max Valier – An Austrian rocketing pioneer who died when an alcohol-fuelled rocket exploded on his test bench

In 1920’s Germany, Max Valier was a member of a German Rocketeering society, and his main contribution during that phase was the invention of a liquid-filled rocket that could speed up automobiles. In May 1930, his own prototype rocket exploded on his test bench, killing him instantly.

Max Valier

Max Valier

5. Li Si – Died by the Five Pains Punishment method, something he had introduced to the province he governed

The Five Pains Punishment was a series of physical torture methods that was prominent in Ancient China. Li Si was a prime minister during the Qin dynasty, during which time he introduced the Five Pains method of punishment, which included tattooing someone’s face, cutting someone’s nose off or having the victim’s body cut into four separate pieces. In 208 BC, Si was executed on criminal charges by the very method that he had helped create.

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