List of inventors killed by their own inventions

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Franz Reichelt (d. 1912) attempted to use this contraption as a parachute. Reichelt died after he jumped off the Eiffel Tower wearing his invention, which failed to operate properly as a parachute.

This is a list of inventors whose deaths were in some manner caused by or related to a product, process, procedure, or other innovation that they invented or designed.

Direct casualties

Automotive

Aviation

Industrial

Maritime

Hunley Submarine

Medical

Physics

Publicity and entertainment

Punishment

Railways

Rocketry

Popular myths and related stories

Perillos being pushed into his brazen bull

See also

References

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