Thomas Andrews, Jr.
- Year of Death: 1912
- Experiment: Maiden Voyage, Testing Out The RMS Titanic
- Cause of Death: Ship Sunk After Hitting Iceberg, Body Never Recovered
Thomas Andrews, Jr. is credited “technically” for building the RMS Titanic. He was an Irish-born businessman and shipbuilder based in England. His company Harland and Wolff built the RMS Titanic based on his design, as he was the naval architect of the ship. Of course, it is hard to really test out an ocean-liner ship like the Titanic. You have to sail it on its first voyage and note all the problems that could be plaguing the ship along the way. Essentially, it’s a big experiment in itself.
There are MANY stories about the Titanic and what resulted in it sinking in a mere few hours after it hit an iceberg. Some say it never should have been sailed at all. Others say it was going through an icy, foggy area that was risky in an effort to reach its destination faster than any other ship before it. Regardless, it split in two in April of 1912. More than 1,500 people died in the Titanic incident, thus putting this on the killer science experiments list for sure. Thomas Andrews was on the ship at the time and is presumed to have died, as his body was never recovered. Yet one survivor claimed Thomas saved several people.