Thomas Midgley, Jr.
- Year of Death: 1944
- Experiment: Working With His Invention To Lift Him From His Bed
- Cause of Death: Strangulation
Thomas Midgley, Jr. was a brilliant scientist who quite literally changed the world. Of course, he will always be connected heavily to his concept of adding the tetraethyl lead additive to gasoline as well as chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs. Both would later be banned due to their effect on the environment. Yet in spite of these, he had more than 100 patents on inventions he created. Sadly, the polio vaccine hadn’t been invented before Midgley contracted the disease at the age of 51.
Due to the disease, the American engineer and chemist would become severely disabled. That meant he could not engage in science as much as he used to. In spite of this, he invented an impressively elaborate system of ropes and pulleys that others could use to lift him from his bed. One day, however, this was being tested and he became entangled in the contraption. That would cause Thomas to die from strangulation.