10 Who Were Blinded (or Worse) by Science

Their work lead to big discoveries...and unfortunate death and injury
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 7:45 AM CDT
This 1925 file photo shows Professor Marie Curie working in her laboratory at the University of Paris.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Knowledge may be power, but finding that knowledge can get you killed. List Universe ranks the top scientists killed or injured by their experiments.

  1. Galileo Galilei: The “father of modern physics” refined the telescope by staring at the sun for hours, resulting in near-blindness.
  2. Michael Faraday: A nitrogen chloride explosion halted Faraday’s research of the electro-magnetic field and caused chronic suffering from his chemical poisoning.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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