7 Great Inventors Who Were Killed By Their Own Creations



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Inventors spend years living with their designs; tinkering with them, perfecting them until they are ready to show them off to the world. Most toil away in obscurity for the rest of their lives, although there are obvious exceptions. Yet there are also those whose innovations not only attracted the world’s attention but which – one way or another – sadly resulted in the inventor’s death, too.


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7. Franz Reichelt – Parachute Suit

Franz Reichelt (1879 – 1912) was convinced that he could develop a suit that turned into a parachute for aviators. Known as the ‘Flying Tailor’ for his fateful jump (and other profession), the Austrian-born Frenchman lost his life when, on February 4, 1912, he leaped from the first platform of the Eiffel Tower wearing his design. Though he was supposed to be using a dummy, at the last minute he decided to test the invention himself. Unfortunately for Reichelt and his legacy, the belief that his invention would work turned out to be wishful thinking.

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