- Year of Death: 1903
- Experiment: Testing New Way To Motorize Bicycles
- Cause of Death: Fell Off Motorbike During A Test Run
Bicycles were all the rage in the 1800s across both The United Kingdom and the United States of America. They were terrific for several reasons, but the main one was that they could get you from Point A to Point B faster than walking. Since buggies had to be pulled by horses, you could eliminate the horses and still get to places on wheels. William Nelson realized the success of the automobile that removed horses and allowed people to drive their buggies themselves.
As others assumed, if this could occur with the automobile, bicycles could do the same. A General Electric employee, Nelson was smart enough to invent this. Plus, he had all the tools to make it happen at home. Nelson then actually invented one of the very first motorcycles. He had tested it a few times, but one day in 1903, an accident happened. Nelson was testing his prototype bike when he fell off of it during a test run and died from the injuries he suffered in the accident. Yet his concept of a motorized bicycle lived on and now, we see them all over the world.