7 Creators Killed by Their Creations

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Max Valier

Max Valier’s name should be more prominently known in the history books, as one of the founders of Verein für Raumschiffahrt (VfR – “Spaceflight Society”) he would help bring together some of the greatest minds in rocketry that would one day make spaceflight a reality in the 20th century. Why have you not heard of this man? Well, funny story…..

This Austrian rocketry pioneer, with the help of Fritz von Opel would go on to design, build and test drive a number of rocket-powered cars and aircraft. This is the part when you think ‘Ahhh, so he was killed test driving a car like Henry Smolinski’, not exactly. He would meet his fate because of a rocket combustion chamber he was developing. While working at his laboratory in Berlin it would suddenly explode and send a small metal fragment into pulmonary artery.

 

 

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1 thought on “7 Creators Killed by Their Creations”

  1. Lorraine Conforti

    They need to add Jimi Heselden, the British multi-millionaire who scooped up Segway in January, died after he apparently drove one of the company’s two-wheeled scooters off a cliff and into a river. He was 62.Sep 27, 2010.

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