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9 Inventors Who Were Killed By Their Own Inventions

Progress has a price.

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1. William Bullock / Via

Bullock invented the web rotary press, a printing press fed by a continuous roll of paper. In 1867, he either kicked or had his foot caught in one of the mechanisms, which resulted in an infected cut, gangrene, and eventually death.


4. Horace Lawson Hunley / Via

In 1863, Hunley engineered the first combat submarine for the Confederates during the Civil War. Despite the submarine having already sunk once, killing a majority of its crew, Hunley was aboard the CSS Hunley for its the second attempt at the Union blockade in Charleston, where he drowned along with the entirety of its crew.

5. Alexander Bogdanov / Via

The physician invented blood transfusions in order to see if there were any rejuvenation effects on the human body. Bogdanov died in 1928 after his 12th transfusion, which was either infected or of the wrong blood type.

7. Karel Soucek / Via

The professional stuntman developed a shock-absorbent barrel in which he would go over the Nigara Falls. He did so successfully, but when performing a similar stunt in the Astrodome, the barrel was released too early — and Soucek plummeted 180 feet, hitting the rim of the water tank designed to cushion the blow.

8. Max Valier / Via

The rocket scientist invented liquid-fueled rocket engines during his time with the German rocketeering society Verein für Raumschiffahrt. He was killed in 1930 when an alcohol-fueled engine exploded on his test bench.

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