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Inventors killed by their own inventions

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Dec - 28 - 2011
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Inventors spend years working on their inventions, and improve the process of finalizing them until they are ready to reveal them to the world.
The rest of the lives of many of them is hidden in the darkness, but there are obvious exceptions. There are those whose inventions attracted the attention of mankind,and also (somehow) caused the death of its inventor.
Franz Reyhelt – Suit Parachute


Franz Reyhelt (1879-1912) was convinced that he could develop the suit for pilots which can turn into a parachute. Known as “The Flying Tailor”, Austrian-born Frenchman died on the February 4, 1912,when he jumped from the first platform,of the Eiffel Tower in his suit. Despite the fact that it was planned to use a dummy, in the last minute he decided to test his invention independently. Unfortunately for Reyshelta and his family, the belief that his invention would work, was just wishful thinking.
After Reyhelt hit the ground before a crowd of observers, he was immediately rushed to the hospital, despite the fact that he was already dead. There is a video of his death the 90-meter jump, which is accompanied by a commentary: “As if he felt the terrible fate that awaits him, the unfortunate inventor hesitated before dropping into the void.”

Max Valle – Oil-jet

Max Valle (1895-1930) was at the forefront of rocket science in Germany and was a founding member of the «Verein für Raumschiffahrt» (Society of Space Flight) – many of whose members were responsible for the success of space programs of the 20th century.
In the 1930s, the society worked with the liquid-fuel rockets, and Valle was behind the idea to first test-drive the car with the rocket motor.A month later, on May 17, 1930, a rocket, on which the Valle worked in his laboratory in Berlin, exploded, shooting a metal fragment in his right pulmonary artery, thereby killing him.

Otto Lilienthal – Glider


Known as the “King of the gliders,” Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896) did not invent the “off from nowhere.” German inventor and aviation pioneer, Lilienthal has made controlled experiments and was the first who managed to make a duplicate certified and documented soaring flights.
Thanks Lilienthal press and publications of his successes, the scientific community and general public began to realize that the possibility of the existence of flying cars is quite real. Lilienthal was also the first who managed to make a controlled flight on the device which is heavier than air – a feat for which he earned the nickname “Father of Flight.” The Wright brothers also followed his work and called him their inspiration. Unfortunately, after the 2000 flights, Lilienthal was killed when the August 9, 1896 his glider suddenly dived from a height of 56 feet (~ 20 m). during the fall he broke his spine, and died the next day, having to say his last words, “The victims are inevitable.”

Harry C. Younger and Dalian Louis Slotin – Demonic Core

American Harry K. Dalian Junior (1921-1945) and Louis Slotin Canadian (1910 – 1946) were physicists who were exposed to radiation, and both were killed in similar incidents in the work on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico. August 21, 1945 Dalian accidentally dropped the bar of tungsten carbide on plutonium core – making it the “supercritical”. In a panic,he tried unsuccessfully to bring down the Dalian bar, and then was forced to partially disassemble the tungsten blocks to stop the nuclear reaction. He died of acute radiation sickness 25 days later.
The second victim of a “critical incident” was Louis Slotin, on May 21, 1946 he accidentally dropped a screwdriver and started the reaction of nuclear fission. He died quickly, after only nine days after the incident that caused the blue glow and intense heat that hit Slotin. By a strange coincidence, in the experiment on which he worked, he used the same plutonium core, which killed Dalian. Because of its dark legacy, later the nucleus was the named “demonic.”

Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier – Rozier balloon

Frenchman Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier (1754-1785) was an outstanding airman, with a few achievements to be proud of. The first of these was the fact that it, together with the Marquis d’Arlandesom November 21, 1783 made the first manned flight in a continuous hot-air balloon. The second was much less successful: 15 June 1785 he and his companion, Pierre became the first novel in the history of the victims of air disaster, when they were killed trying to cross the English Channel in a balloon.
Since the ball Montgolfier, which he used in the first uncontrolled flight, was not suited for longer flights, de Rosier has developed its own version of the ball, which is used both hydrogen and hot air. During the ensuing flight, change the wind turned the ball back to the land, their ball suddenly flattened, and they fell from a height of 500 meters. Even more sad is that the bride Rozier died eight days later, as many believe, committed suicide.

Horace Lawson Hunley – The submarine Hunley

Horace Lawson Hunley (1823-1863) fought on the Confederate side during the American Civil War. As a naval engineer, he invented the submarine is propelled by hand, one of which was the cause of his death, and was later named in his honor.
Hunley submarine has already had a few deaths on his account, the first team boat was submerged by the wave from a passing ship, when the hatches were open boats, and five people were killed. Was hired by the second team of volunteers and in the ordinary course of exercise, Hanley decided to independently command the boat. October 15, 1863 the submarine sank, and all eight people on board lost their lives. Later, she was raised to the surface and became known as the first submarine in history to successfully sink an enemy ship.

Aurel Vlaicu – Airplane

Aurel Vlaicu (1882-1913) was an engineer and inventor of the airplane, born in Romania. He built his first airplane, and June 17, 1910 made it fly. Vlaicu then built his second airplane and won many awards at aero show 1912. Unfortunately, he died on his own brainchild of September 13, 1913, when “Vlaicu II» refused when attempting to cross the Carpathian Mountains. Vlaicu already working on a new airplane called “Vlaicu III», but when he heard that two other Romanian pilots planning to cross the Carpathians, he took a hasty decision to use your old and worn out “Vlaicu II», rather than wait for completion of work on a new model . It was a decision that cost him his life.

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