Inventors killed by their own inventions

Franz Reichelt - This tailor lived until 1912, when he was notoriously killed by his own invention in Paris, France.

Marie Curie - She eventually died due to exposure to radiation which emitted from her research.

Max Valier - However, in 1930, Valier was killed when an alcohol-fueled engine exploded on his test bench in Berlin.

Horace Lawson Hunley - Hunley assumed command during a test ride in 1863. The sub failed to resurface, and he and seven other crew members drowned to death.

William Bullock - While installing a machine in Philadelphia, Bullock's foot was caught and crushed by the invention. 

Thomas Andrews, Jr. - Andrews was traveling on board the vessel on its maiden voyage, which notoriously ended in disaster. Over 1,500 other passengers died in the event.

Henry Winstanley - The storm raged through the Eddystone Rocks, destroying the lighthouse and killing Winstanley, along with five other men.

Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier - The French chemist and aviation pioneer invented the Rozière balloon in 1785. It crashed that same year, on a test ride across the English Channel.

Francis Edgar Stanley - This fellow co-founded the Stanley Motor Carriage Company with his twin brother. Stanley died while driving a Stanley Steamer in 1918.

Sylvester H. Roper - He died in 1896 aged 72, during a public steam trial. His steam-powered bike crashed, which caused Roper to have a heart attack.

Fred Duesenberg - Fred Duesenberg was killed in 1932 in a fatal high-speed road accident, while driving a Duesenberg automobile.

Thomas Midgley, Jr. -
Midgley developed a network of ropes and pulleys to help him in bed. One day, he became entangled in the device, and strangled himself to death at the age of 55.

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