Science put Their Lives At Risk
Six people are obsessed with risking their lives for Science!
Some scientists did not give only some hours in the laboratory, or a few hours of their social life but risked everything and put their lives at risk in order to contribute to the progress of science. Let’s read some stories of those persons who have, in their work, had serious progress of their research and learn more about it:
|Science put Their Lives At Risk|
1- Wan Ho
In accordance with the Dragons, the Chinese official named Wan Hu tied himself to a chair with 47 rockets attached, because he wanted to be the first person to visit the moon. After his assistants lit the fuses, there was a lot of noise and smoke but Wan Hu disappeared, and died. Now there is a small hole on the surface of the moon carrying his name, in honor of his aspirations, and now people remember him as the first astronaut.
2- Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton stuck a needle in his eye for a better understanding of how a human’s vision works. The world mostly knows him for his work on the laws of gravity and its role in the calculation of differentiation and integration, but at the same time, he was also a researcher in the field of Ophthalmology and conducted numerous experiments in elementary optics…
But those tests did not reveal much about the inside of the eye and how the eye sees color, and to learn more he took a needle and put it in his eye. According to the manuscripts, it penetrated between the eye and bones near the back of the eye and because of the pressure, he saw white, dark, and colored circles.
3- Nikolai Mynwfysaa
Romanian doctor Nikolai Mynwfysaa wanted to know how it felt for people being hanged, so he hanged himself!
In the early years of the twentieth century, Nikolai performed a series of tests regarding suffocation with the Hangman’s Noose, by attaching one to the roof and asking his aides to hold him up and to let him hang.
He said he felt very terrible burning and after that, he found it difficult to swallow for a whole month. He published his findings in 1904 in the Romanian language, and after he published in French under the title “A Study on Hanging”.
4. Franz Reichelt
The Austrian Franz Reichelt tested the ability of the umbrella by jumping from the Eiffel Tower on 4 February 1912, in order to decide if the umbrella could be used to save the lives of people in the event of a plane crash.
But, unfortunately, the umbrella was not sufficient to rescue him from falling, and he died.
5. Frederick Hoelzel
Our friend Frederick, during his teens, used non-caloric items to curb his appetite as a weight loss tool. Later, as a researcher at the University of Chicago, Frederick swallowed gravel, tin, glass, ball bearings, thread, wires, and many other articles of food in order to show how much time it takes these materials to be passed through the intestines.
In 1930, publication of his research in the US magazine of Criminology was posted under the title “The Rate of the Passage of Solid Materials Through the Digestive System”. In spite of the seriousness of the research carried out, Frederick lived to an advanced age.
6. Barry Marshall
For many years doctors had a vague idea of stomach ulcers, many placing blame on psychological pressures, but the Australian doctor Barry Marshall suggested that the cause of Ulcers was bacterial, and as a result the infection could be treated through taking antibiotics.
But there was no way to prove this theory, as ethical concerns prevented him from experimenting on people. So he decided after having a medical procedure done, that he would infect himself with the bacteria by ingesting a petri dish full of samples. After a few days he was exposed to a period of vomiting and fatigue, and days later examined his intestines; he was able to demonstrate the link between certain bacteria and ulcers.
Because of that experience, Marshall received the Nobel Prize in 2005.