10 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions [Video]

A video listing 10 inventors who were killed by their own creations. Can you name a few other ones? Let us know in the comments section below!



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    • he was! i was so sure it would make the list.
      oooh and Perillos and the Brazen Bull…it was a copper bull they would put criminals in , heat it up and you knew they were proper dead because the bull would whistle like a kettle (the human body is 70% water afterall)

      • Whilst it’s true he was put in the bull, he was let out before it killed him. The guy then threw him to his death down a hill.

        Also, it’s said that the whistling noise is made by a series of intricate tubes designed to make the sound of the screams sound like a bull.

        That said, it’s also quite likely it was never actually used, so both points are pretty moot really.

    • Actually he didnt, he died from anthrax at 76. The whole story about him being executed by his own invention is a myth.

  1. The inventor of the electric chair was electrocuted by it. that is significant and should be on the list.

  2. Luis Jiménez (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Jim%C3%A9nez_(sculptor)), sculptor of the Blue Mustang at Denver International Airport http://www.westernartandarchitecture.com/articles/western-art-and-architecture/fall-winter-09/98/denver-s-wild-blue-mustang.html. This thing is a bit terrifying, a 30 foot tall rearing mustang horse painted blue with glowing red eyes as you drive into the airport.

    As the sculptor was finishing a section of it fell on him, severing an artery and he bled out. If I remember correctly one of the sculptors kids finished the project.

  3. The English scientist John Mackereth built an ingenious device for collecting core samples from the bottom of lakes, using compressed air. Colleagues and I built one in the late-70s in Melbourne, using it to sample lakes of various depths around southern Australia, and discovered that at depths of about 30m it came out of the water at high speed, launching meters into the air; there is a photo of such a ‘launch’ and the device on page 16 of


    The story going around in the 1980s was that Mackereth was using the corer in the Lake District when the boat he was in was hit by it, and he developed pneumonia after falling in the cold water and died. I have found no independent confirmation of the details; Battarbee just says he died after an accident involving the corer – but I can personally attest to the impressive force with which the device would exit the water! We learned to paddle our home-made pontoon as far away as we could before opening the valves that released the air pressure that held the corer to the lake bed.

  4. Pity poor Sir Robert Watson Watt,
    Radar inventor,who,on a drive one day,
    Into a radar trap did stray,
    And thus,like others I can mention,
    Became a victim of his own invention

  5. Jimi Heselden, 62, inventor of the Segway two wheeled scooter, was found dead in a river after plunging 80 feet over a limestone cliff near his home while riding one of his inventions :-)

  6. King Louis XVI did not invent the guillotine but enhanced it remarkably by suggesting to use a special shaped blade.

    Guess his fate.

  7. Patrick de Gayardon inventor of the wingsuit. Died in 1998 in Hawaii during a standard parachute jump exercise.

  8. Marie curie was not killed by an invention. Inventions are vastly different from discoveries. Also, the guy who invented the segway was killed when it went off a cliff behind his house.