Top 10 inventors killed by their own inventions

Including the 'human parachute' who jumped off the Eiffel Tower

Top 10 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

These inventors had ideas to die for. Trailblazers they might have been, but they were eventually killed by their own inventions.

Among the top ten is the inventor of the parachute suit, Frenchman Franz Reichelt. A modern version of the suit he conceived of has been worn in more recent times by extreme sportsmen.

A pioneer of aviation safety, he is most famous for jumping off the Eiffel Tower in Paris to test his full-body parachute in 1912.

After numerous unsuccessful tests from his apartment window using a dummy, he decided to test the parachute he designed and refined himself.

People tried to persuade him to not jump, but he wouldn't be deterred. He jumped from a specially constructed platform - but the parachute failed to deploy. He landed face down into the icy ground almost 1000ft below. He died at the scene.

Dangers of radioactivity

Also suffering a tragic end was Marie Curie, who discovered the elements polonium and radium. The Polish-born scientist was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and is the only scientist in history to win Nobel prizes for two separate sciences.

Curie died in 1934, at the age of 66, due to aplastic anemia brought on by exposure to radiation while carrying test tubes of radium in her pockets during research.

The negative side-effects of her work were not known at the time. It's said that even today the papers documenting her work are considered too radioactive to handle.