10 Scientists Who Were Killed By Their Own Experiments
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier's death was actually the first known fatality in an air crash. Centuries before, however, Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhari perished while attempting to fly. The wooden wings and rope he used could not keep him aloft, and he died after jumping off the roof of a mosque in Nishapur.
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Sieur Freminet died after losing oxygen underwater while trying to perfect the scuba suit. (0:41)
Carl Wilhem Scheele died of mercury poisoning after tasting many of the elements he worked with. (1:48)
Marie Curie died of acute radiation poisoning after years of direct exposure to radioactive materials. (2:20)