Inventors Who Were Killed By Their Inventions

Death can be an unfortunate side effect of inventing. The very nature of inventing exposes the Inventor to new and exciting possibilities and ideas. They step, willingly, towards the unknown, with the focus and desire to improve our lives. Unfortunately, that step forward can lead them straight to destruction instead of success and achievement. They are inventing the unknown from theories and possibilities. Theoretically, it should work but when it doesn’t, look out!

Vampires Beware!


Blood transfusions are a long-accepted medical procedure, responsible for saving countless lives since its discovery. Alexander Bogdanov, the first inventor to research the concept, fatally proved that you could not transfuse diseased or mistyped blood. Alexander lived a colorful life. Philosopher, writer, political revolutionary and eventually physician were a few of his primary interests. Near the end of his life, he became interested in Hematology, the study of blood. He hypothesized that eternal life could be possible through blood transfusions. Through statistical luck, his first dozen self-inflicted transfusions worked. Colleagues and friends commented on how younger and healthier he looked. Inevitably his luck ran out. His last transfusion contained malaria, tuberculosis and (possibly) a mismatched blood type.