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 quick quiz to see how much you know about inventors who were killed by their own work.
Question 1 of 20
What’s the name of the nuclear device physicist Harry Daghlian was working on when he received a lethal dose of radiation in 1945?
Question 2 of 20
What machine led to the death of its inventor (William Bullock) in 1867?
Question 3 of 20
What other invention did William Bullock create?
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What was the nickname of Franz Reichlet, the inventor of a parachute suit?
Question 5 of 20
What was the final stage of The Five Pains method of execution used in China?
Question 6 of 20
What were the charges that led to the death of The Five Pains inventor, Li Si?
Question 7 of 20
What made the flying taxi, the invention that killed its maker, Michael Dacre, unique?
Question 8 of 20
How many patents did Thomas Midgley have?
Question 9 of 20
Midgley suffered from polio, but how did he die?
Question 10 of 20
What invention collapsed around its inventor, Henry Winstanley, in 1703, leading to his death?
Question 11 of 20
How did Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway, die?
Question 12 of 20
Max Valier was killed by flying shrapnel from one of his own inventions. Which one was it?
Question 13 of 20
What was the name of the high-speed railcar powered by a jet engine that killed its inventor, Valerian Abakovsky?
Question 14 of 20
What invention killed its inventor, William Nelson, in 1903 in Schenectady, New York?
Question 15 of 20
What was the nickname of Otto Lilienthal?
Question 16 of 20
Where was Aurel Vlaicu heading when the airplane he invented lost its wings and caused his death?
Question 17 of 20
What kind of car did Henry Smolinski attach airplane wings to in an effort to make a flying car?
Question 18 of 20
What medical treatment ended the life of scientist Alexander Bogdanov after he spent his life doing pioneering work on it?
Question 19 of 20
What scientist died by tasting his discoveries?
Question 20 of 20