Elisabeth Fleischmann Aschheim
- Year of Death: 1905
- Experiment: X-Ray Experiments
- Cause of Death: Long-Term Radiation Poisoning
Elisabeth Fleischmann Aschheim is quite unique to this list because she was not technically a scientist for the early part of her life. In fact, she was a bookkeeper. Yet she had a love for science, so when she found out about the discovery of X-Rays, she left her job and enrolled in Electrical Science School. Quick to learn all about the field, she soon bought her own x-ray equipment and opened one of the first x-ray labs in the United States. Her love of the field was clear to see. She continued to study the field quite often, along with her brother-in-law who happened to be a physician himself.
Elizabeth saw several patients during the Spanish-American War, allowing her to focus heavily on human bodies exposed to war. That allowed her to specialize in dental work as well. The real issue is that Ascheim, in spite of knowing the possible radiation issues x-rays caused, refused to protect herself during her experiments. She claimed it made patients uncomfortable, yet this practice cost Elizabeth her life. Her killer science experiments on x-rays led literally to radiation poisoning, which took her life at just 46 years old.