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These Science Experiments Led To The Demise Of Their Creators
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Carl Scheele

  • Year of Death: 1786
  • Experiment: Taste-Testing and Enhaling Heavy Metal Toxins
  • Cause of Death: Heavy Metal Poisoning

Carl Scheele has finally been given proper credit for his work in chemistry but for years, this was not the case. He actually discovered several chemical elements years before others did so, yet the others were given credit for those discoveries. The most notable element that Carl was given 100% credit for is Oxygen. Yet he also discovered molybdenum, tungsten, manganese, and chlorine. However, many of these chemicals were and still are quite toxic. Especially without barriers.

These Science Experiments Led To The Demise Of Their Creators
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Scheele was a genius pharmaceutical chemist, but he was the first to discover them and could not have been aware of how toxic they were. One of the most unique things about Carl is that he loved to use all of his senses to test his work, including smell and taste. Two things that are kind of bad to use when it comes to toxic things. He somehow survived his hydrogen cyanide taste test. Yet he exposed himself to mercury, lead, fluoric acid, among many more. These killer science experiments caused him to die from heavy metal poisoning at just 44 years old.

These Science Experiments Led To The Demise Of Their Creators
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Max Valier

  • Year of Death: 1930
  • Experiment: Working With Liquid Propellant Rockets
  • Cause of Death: Rocket Explosion

Max Valier put an entirely different spin on killer science experiments. He was a brilliant man who was a rocket pioneer and even founded Germany’s Verein für Raumschiffahrt (VfR Spaceflight Society). It was the world’s largest beginner rocketry society that could help people learn a lot about the industry. The literal rocket scientist developed the initial rocket systematic program and its four stages of development. His first stage was to do static engine experiments, the second stage was to use ground-based rocket-powered vehicles.

These Science Experiments Led To The Demise Of Their Creators
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The third stage was to produce a rocket-assisted aircraft, then the fourth stage was to make a complete rocket-propelled ship. He succeeded in the first stage and in the second, he made the world’s first rocket car. It hit speeds of 145mph! That made him feel confident enough to move into the third stage, where he worked with liquid propellant rockets for an aircraft. However, on May 17, 1930, one of the liquid oxygen-gasoline fueled rocket motors exploded. This sadly killed the brilliant inventor. Yet his research and work did not go to waste as others picked up on it and made space travel possible.