Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhari
- Year of Death: 1010 AD
- Experiment: Testing Flying Device
- Cause of Death: Fell To His Death
We have to commend Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhari. Very few people have ever believed in their invention more than this man, who went for the gold in his experiment. Of course, he was not exactly a notable scientist in his time. The Kazakh Turkic man was actually a scholar and lexicographer. He wrote the very notable Arabic dictionary known as al-Ṣiḥāḥ fī al-lughah. Ismail was inspired by the idea of a man flying when he saw Abbas Ibn Firna’s glider.
He was assumed to be under the illusion that, due to this glider, mankind could become like birds. As in, they could fly if only they had the proper equipment to do so. His delusion caused him to attempt to fly a contraption made of wood and rope. He essentially made two wooden wings. To test his invention, he did not go for something small. Rather, he climbed to the roof of the Nishapur Mosque. He leaped off the building and fell to his untimely death. Killer science experiments like this can be prevented by using a smaller building first.