Knowledge may be power, but finding that knowledge can get you killed. List Universe ranks the top scientists killed or injured by their experiments.
- Galileo Galilei: The “father of modern physics” refined the telescope by staring at the sun for hours, resulting in near-blindness.
- Michael Faraday: A nitrogen chloride explosion halted Faraday’s research of the electro-magnetic field and caused chronic suffering from his chemical poisoning.
- Marie Curie: The only scientist to receive Nobel prizes in both chemistry and physics, Curie performed lifelong research on radiation, which led to the leukemia that killed her.
- Sir Humphrey Davy: Though he discovered the anesthetic uses for nitrous oxide by constantly sniffing the gas, the habit poisoned Davy several times; he spent his last two decades in bed.
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