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5 Famous and Great Scientists Who Were Killed By Their Own Inventions

5 Famous and Great Scientists Who Were Killed By Their Own Inventions


Scientists a word that let you think about the people having long curly hair, wearing a white lab coat and specs on their nose. They do experiments to provide this world an innovation that makes life easy. They are so into their work that they don’t even realize sometimes that use of harmful chemicals or tools is hampering their health. Today we bring to you a list of famous and great scientists from the history who were killed by their own experiments or inventions.

1) Henry Smolinski (1933-1973)

Born in 1933, Henry was one of the eight children in a Polish-American family. He was an aeronautical engineer. Smolinski, along with a friend named Hal Blake, wanted to build sturdy, lightweight airframes that drivers could bolt to their cars. He designed his dream project well and on a testing day when he took off his flying car from a California airfield its right wing got failed. Unfortunately, it got crashed and Henry died in the accident in 1973.

2) Alexander Bogdanov (1873-1928)

He was the Russian scientist. He was the founder of the world’s first institution devoted entirely to blood transfusions — the Soviet Institute for Blood Transfusion, which he opened in 1926. He experimented 11 transfusions on himself, which he declared cured his balding and improved his eyesight. Unfortunately, his last transfusion was tainted with malaria and tuberculosis, putting an end to his life.

3) Malcolm Casadaban (1949-2009)

He was a researcher in molecular genetics and cell biology and microbiology at the University of Chicago. He was performing laboratory research on the bacterium that causes the plague when he became sick and died from the plague.

4) Marie Curie (1867-1934)

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The discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896 inspired the research of science power couple, Marie and Pierre Curie. She won two Nobel prizes in science in two different fields: chemistry and physics. She died from aplastic anemia believed to have been contracted from her long-term exposure to radiation.

5) Elizabeth Fleischman Ascheim (1859-1905)

She was a radiologist and did her research in the discovery of X-rays.  She saw many patients from the Spanish-American War yet she refused to protect herself during experiments and treating patients, saying that it would make her patients uncomfortable with the procedure to see her using protection. She died of radiation poisoning at the age of 46.


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