It might sound like that scene in a sci-fi movie when the robot goes crazy and kills its own inventor, but the fact is that inventors have fallen prey to their own creations for hundreds of years. Take this quiz to see how much you know about inventors killed by their own work.
What’s the name of the nuclear device physicist Harry Daghlian was working on when he received a lethal dose of radiation in 1945?
What machine led to the death of its inventor (William Bullock) in 1867?
rotary printing press
What other invention did William Bullock create?
What was the nickname of Franz Reichlet, the inventor of a parachute suit?
The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Tailor
The Flying Fool
What was the final stage of The Five Pains method of execution used in China?
being boiled in oil
being cut in half
being dropped off The Great Wall
What were the charges that led to the death of The Five Pains inventor, Li Si?
What made the flying taxi, the invention that killed its maker, Michael Dacre, unique?
It was made of glass.
It could take off and land in short distances.
It ran on goose fat.
How many patents did Thomas Midgley have?
between 10 and 50
between 50 and 100
more than 100
Midgley suffered from polio, but how did he die?
What invention collapsed around its inventor, Henry Winstanley, in 1703, leading to his death?
How did Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway, die?
A Segway exploded while he was test-driving it.
He drove a Segway off a cliff.
He was crushed by a runaway Segway.
Max Valier was killed by flying shrapnel from one of his own inventions. Which one was it?
a rocket motor
What was the name of the high-speed railcar powered by a jet engine that killed its inventor, Valerian Abakovsky?
What invention killed its inventor, William Nelson, in 1903 in Schenectady, New York?
the cotton gin
What was the nickname of Otto Lilienthal?
The Rocket Man
The Human Fish
The Glider King
Where was Aurel Vlaicu heading when the airplane he invented lost its wings and caused his death?
What kind of car did Henry Smolinski attach airplane wings to in an effort to make a flying car?
Pontiac Grand Am
What medical treatment ended the life of scientist Alexander Bogdanov after he spent his life doing pioneering work on it?
What scientist died by tasting his discoveries?
What project was Louis Slotin working on when he was exposed to the amount of radiation equivalent to standing 4,800 feet away from an atomic bomb explosion?