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Monday, January 16, 2017

Top 10 scientists who were killed by their experiments

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Not always an experiment is successful sometimes the consequences can be fatal, as shown in these 10 cases.

These events are redefining the proverb "no good thing goes unpunished." For these scientists, desire for knowledge has led to their death.

Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (1785), French scholar of the eighteenth century has died following an accident with an experimental air balloon when it was deflated at 457 meters. It is known as the first victim of an  "aviation" accident.

The first untethered balloon flight, by Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes on 21 November 1783. Photo: wikipedia

Max Valier (1930) died in a laboratory explosion of jet engine fueled with liquid oxygen.

Valier in a rocket car, circa April 1930. Photo: wikipedia

Sieur Freminet (1772) created one of the first diving equipment. He died from a test underwater equipment after a malfunction.

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Tim Samaras (2013) was meteorologist looking for tornadoes to study them and to develop a method by which they can be predicted. He died when a tornado swallowed up his car.

Storm chaser Tim Samaras Photo: wikipedia
Harry Daghlian Jr. (1945), during the construction of the first atomic bomb dropped the brick core of a nuclear reactor. His hands began to "burn" instant, then fell into a coma and died 25 days later.

A picture of Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. Photo: wikipedia

Elizabeth Fleischman (1905) introduced radiographs in military hospitals to identify bullets. She used her own body in experiments that led to the illness of cancer.

Elizabeth Fleischman, American X-ray pioneer (1899) Photo: wikipedia

Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1786) independently discovered oxygen, chlorine and manganese. Ingesting toxic substances regularly until he died from mercury poisoning.

Carl Wilhelm Scheele from Familj-Journalen1874 Photo: wikipedia

Louis Slotin (1946) died after accidental irradiation of uranium and plutonium during atomic weapons research.

Louis Slotin's Los Alamos badge mugshot, taken sometime while he was working on the Manhattan Project Photo: wikipedia

Marie Curie (1934) died of leukemia after exposure for more than 30 years to radioactive materials.

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Alexander Bogdanov (1928) believed that blood transfusions are the key to eternal youth. He died after receiving blood from a patient with malaria and tuberculosis.

Belarussian writer Alexander A Bogdanov Photo: wikipedia

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