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Inventors Killed By Their Inventions: 10 Unfortunate Visionaries

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Otto Lilenthal, German aviation pioneer, is a famous example of an inventor killed by his own invention.
Otto Lilenthal, German aviation pioneer, is a famous example of an inventor killed by his own invention.

Inventors killed by their own inventions? It happens.

You may know that Nobel-winning chemist Marie Curie died from the effects of the radioactive materials she studied, but what about the Franco-Austrian tailor who tried and failed to parachute from the Eiffel Tower, or the Russian blood transfusion pioneer who gave himself malaria-infected blood?

In the slideshow below, read the stories of 10 ill-fated inventors--all killed by their own inventions. While some of the creations were obviously ill-advised, others were just ahead of their time. Being the first person on the scene with a new invention comes with a whole set of hazards, especially when rockets are involved.

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