10 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions


Living to see your invention work and take over the world might not always be the path nature chooses for you. History has a fair bit of examples of people who were, ironically, killed by their very own inventions as if their inventions wanted them to know that ‘they’, the inventions, didn’t want to materialize in this world. Today, we take a look at 10 such prime examples.

No 10. Cowper Phipps Coles

This poor fella working for the Royal Navy invented a rotating turret for ships during the Crimean War. After his design proving successful, he set patented it and set about building his own ship using this revolutionary design. However, due to several complications his ship HMS Captain required unusually dangerous modifications which contributed the ships ultimate demise in September of 1870 as it capsized owing to its large weight, taking with it Cowper Phipps Coles himself and 500 other crew members.

No 9. Donald Campbell

British car and motorboat racer Donald Campbell was a sped freak to be exact. He broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s. To satisfy his seemingly ever growing appetite for speed he decided to try for another water speed record in 1966; a target of 300 mph. For this prominently dangerous feat he invented a lighter and more powerful engine for his boat Bluebird K7. He took the first run and instead of waiting for the wash of his first run to subside, Campbell decided to make a return run immediately in search for the record and apparently crossed the 300 mph, infact he peaked at 320 mph. Unfortunately though, 320 mph was the point when his boat disintegrated owing to his earlier impatience and a point that marked the end of Campbell himself.
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