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10 Inventors Killed By Their Inventions

I can only imagine creating an invention just to be killed by it. The closest I have to a similar situation was when I made a 6-layer plate of Nachos, got high in the middle of making them and almost burnt my house down when I left the kitchen and forgot to take them out…3 hours later. What a legacy I would’ve left behind.

In the pursuit of greater knowledge, there is risk to life and limb. The people on this list took the risk and died – but not before making progress for all man. Here are 10 great inventors who died (in a round-about way) at their own hands.

10. Henry Winstanley

Henry Winstanley was the a famous English lighthouse architect and engineer who constructed the first Eddystone lighthouse. Winstanley wished to test the lighthouse’s strength and so demanded to be inside it during a storm. The lighthouse collapsed, killing Winstanley and five other people.

9. Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov was a noted Russian physician, philosopher, economist, science fiction writer, and revolutionary. One of his many scientific experiments involved ideas of possible rejuvenation through blood transfusion. Having given blood transfusions to many notable people, including Lenin’s sister, Bogdanov decided to give himself a transfusion of blood from one of his patients who suffered from malaria and tuberculosis. He died from the infections shortly after.

8. Cowper Phipps Coles

Cowper Phipps Coles was a distinguished Royal Navy Captain who invented a rotating turret for ships during the Crimean War. After the war, Coles patented his invention and set about building his own ship using this revolutionary design, having seen it adapted for other Royal Navy ships. His ship, the HMS Captain, required several unusual and dangerous modifications however, including a so called “hurricane deck” which raised the ship’s centre of gravity.

On the 6th September 1870, the HMS Captain capsized, killing Coles and most of its 500 person crew.

Read the rest of the list at The List Universe.