Lab accidents are regrettably too frequent. So that their memory is never forgotten, the Laboratory Safety Institute maintains this list of those who have lost their lives in lab accidents. If you have information concerning any of these incidents or others, please share it with us at info@labsafetyinstitute.org. This list is also available in print form as a 6-poster set.

Joseph KappJoseph Kapp2020, Schenectady, New York. A tank used to treat avocados exploded at a lab at Innovative Test Solutions. Kapp, a former mayor, later died from his injuries.
Unknown2019, Versailles, France. In May 2010, a young technician in an INRA lab accidentally stabbed her thumb through a double pair of latex gloves while working with mice brain tissue containing mad cow disease proteins. She died nine years later.
Elazar GutmanasElazar Gutmanas2019, Haifa, Israel. Professor Emeritus at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology died in an explosion involving hydrogen research at his lab at the Department for Materials Science and Engineering.
Umihiko HoshijimaUmihiko Hoshijima2019, Off Alaska Coast. A postdoctoral student at UC Santa Cruz died in an accident during a research dive.
Unknown (3)2018, Beijing, China. Three students were killed in a lab explosion while researching wastewater treatment at Jiaotong University.
Manoj KumarManoj Kumar2018, Bengaluru, India. 28-year old researcher was killed in a high-pressure hydrogen cylinder explosion at the Indian Institute of Science.
Ge GuoGe Guo2018, Exton, PA. 26-year-old worker at Frontage Laboratories died as a result of exposure to potassium cyanide.
Tsuro-thumbEmmanuel Tsuro2017, Harare, Zimbabwe. Student researcher died from burns received when a fire broke out in a microbiology lab at Premier Service Medical Investments.
Unknown2016, Italy. A patient developed mad cow disease after exposure to infected brain tissue in a lab setting.

 

Krysten Lim Siaw ChianKrysten Lim Siaw Chian2016, Jurong, Singapore. Chemist at Leeden National Oxygen was killed in an explosion caused by a faulty valve on a gas cylinder. She had just returned from maternity leave and left behind a husband and baby daughter.
Glenn NixGlenn Nix2015, Tallahassee, FL. Construction worker killed when a steel cap blew off a high pressure pipe on a cooling device at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.
Meng XiangjianMeng Xiangjian2015, Beijing, China. Postdoctoral researcher died in a hydrogen explosion at Tsinghua University.
Huy Siep2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A 34-year-old science teacher was spraying a flammable gas while preparing the classroom for a lesson at the University of Health Sciences. The gas ignited, and the teacher died from smoke inhalation.
Dwight Freeman2014, San Antonio, TX. 50-year-old technician died at Southwest Research Institute as the result of a lab accident.
Vipin and Robin2014, Delhi, India. Two technicians in a pathology lab died in a fire caused by a short-circuited air conditioner.
Hassan Kamal Hussein2014, Doha, Qatar. Lab worker died from explosion in petroleum lab at TAMU-Qatar.
Unknown (6)2013, Middleburg, South Africa. Six people died in an explosion at the Rolfe Pharmaceutical Laboratory.
Javier OrtizJavier Ortiz2013, LaPorte, TX. 30-year-old chemist and father of three died in an explosion at Air Liquide plant.
Carlos AmaralCarlos Amaral2013, North Andover, MA. 51-year-old died from burns following a trimethyliridium explosion in a Dow Lab (formerly Rohm and Hass).
Richard DinRichard Din2012, San Francisco. 25-year-old VA hospital lab worker died from exposure to bacterial strain causing septicemia and meningitis.
Unknown2012, Shanghai. Graduate student at university opened a poison gas cylinder and died from inhalation.
Unknown2012, Germany. Experienced lab worker died from accidental exposure to trimethylsilyldiazomethane.
Adrian Martin2011, Menlo Park, CA. Researcher died in lab methane explosion.
Nanaj BhamareDr. Nanaj Bhamare2011, Aberdeen, MD. Killed at Aberdeen Proving Ground from an explosion.
Unknown2011. A Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to lab exposure sickened 109 people in 38 states and caused one death.
Michele DufaultMichele Dufault2011, Connecticut. Died from a lathe accident at Yale.
Nilamma2011, Mysore, India. Alcohol fire.
Rajendra Yadav2010, New Delhi, India. Scrapyard worker, 35, died disassembling a 3,500kg irradiator containing cobalt-60.
Tyson Larson2010, Sumi Valley, CA. 28-year old inventor died in explosion at Realm Industries, an alternative fuel research company.
Richard Folaron2010, Tonawanda, NY. Killed in a lab accident at DuPont facility.
Malcolm CasabadanMalcolm Casadaban2009, Chicago, IL. A researcher at the University of Chicago Medical Center died from exposure to Yersenia Pestis, a plague-related bacterium.
Sheri SangjiSheri Sangji2009, California. t-butyllithium fire at UCLA.
Alfredo F. Gutierrez2009, Adelphi, MD. Electrocution in lab at ARL (Army Research Laboratory).
Roland DaigleRoland Daigle2008, Nova Scotia, Canada. Trimethylsilyldiazomethane poisoning. The lab fume hood was not operating due to roof work on the building.
Jason Siddell2008, New Jersey. 24-year-old chemist died after being exposed to trimethylsilyldiazomethane.
Miguel Mattea2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
Liliana Giacomelli de Ceballos2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
Carlos Ravera2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
Juan Politano2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Student killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
Damián Cardarelli2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
Gladys Baralla2007, National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Faculty member killed when someone lit the lighter of an autoclave near a hexane spill, producing a huge explosion.
Parish Ashley2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Charles Bolchoz2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Robert Gallagher2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Karey Henry2007, Explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida
Dominique Burget2006, France, National Insttitute of Higher Learning in Chemistry, Ethane explosion.
Tarun MalTarun K. Mal2005, Cleveland State University. Electrocution.
Kenton Joel Carnegie2005, University of Waterloo, geological engineering student, wolf attack during field work in Athabasca basin (northern Saskatchewan)
Antonina Presnyakova2004, Russia, Vektor Res. Ctr., Ebola infection.
Unknown2004, St. Paul, Minnesota, Vet Tech Hospital, an employee was trapped inside steam washer used to clean animal cages while the washer was in the final rinse cycle. The employee could not open the door from the inside, could not stop the washer, and was fatally burned.
Unknown2003, Rochester, NY, Industrial lab explosion.
Scott SpujtScott Spjut2003, West Valley City, UT, Forensic scientist, rifle discharge.
Robert Goldhammer2003, University of Texas, Geology Department, Assistant Professor was killed when his vehicle rolled over on the way to the field camp.
Raquel Vieira de Savariego2003, University of Texas, Geology Department. Visiting scholar was killed when his vehicle rolled over on the way to the field camp.
Michal Wilgocki2001, Wrocław, Poland, University of Wrocław chemistry professor killed in lab explosion.
Unknown (8)2001-1985, Journal of Clinical Microbiology report (2005) eight fatal lab infections from meningitis bacteria. Six were in USA.
Set Van NguyenSet Van Nguyen2001, Australia Animal Health Laboratory. Nitrogen suffocation.
Unknown2000, New York City, Columbia Medical Center. Nitrogen suffocation.
Unknown1999, Scotland, Nitrogen suffocation.
Unknown1999, Edmonton, Canada, Agat Laboratories, toluene inhalation death.
Julian SzeiczJulian Szeicz1998, Queen University (Canada), Geology professor killed in avalanche.
Jeremiah Nix1997, Franklin County, GA. High school senior electrocuted in science class while learning to use a volt meter.
Elizabeth GriffinElizabeth Griffin1997, Atlanta, GA. Yerkes Primate Center. Griffin was working with Rhesus monkeys infected with Herpes B virus. One monkey flung some debris from its cage that hit Griffin in the eye. Griffin contracted the disease and died six weeks later.
Karen WetterhahnKaren Wetterhahn1997, Dartmouth College. Wetterhahn was working with a dimethylmercury compound using latex gloves. Latex does not provide sufficient protection from the chemical and she died of mercury poisoning.
Ray Rudelis1996, Florida Petroleum Research Lab, Acetylene explosion.
Michael HanlyMichael Hanly1996, New York City. Discarded hydrofluoric acid killed sanitation worker
Unknown1995, Hong Kong, Graduate Student, exposure to spill a professor had failed to report.
Unknown1994, Collegeville, PA. Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceutical. Electrocution.
Unknown1994, Western Australia. Palynolab Resources PTY LTD lab technician dies from 70% HF exposure.
Dennis Park1993, Elkton, MD, Thiokol, Rotary evaporator flask explosion.
Unknown1993, Pasadena, TX, High school student drowned on biology field trip.
Jeanne MessierJeanne Messier1993, Reno, NV. UCSD biology grad student contracted hantavirus in field work.
Unknown1992, Stanford Research Institute, CA. Hydrogen/oxygen explosion.
Andrew Riley1992, Menlo Park, CA. A cold fusion cell at Stanford Research Institute blew up while the British electrochemist was bending over it, killing him instantly.
Unknown (2)1992, Hong Kong. University instructor and grad student suffocated in cold room when liquid nitrogen spilled.
Ralph “Corky” Soldato1992, Pittsfield, MA. GE Plastics Research Center. Centrifuge explosion.
Unknown1992, Pennsylvania. Pressure vessel explosion at Merck lab.
Unknown1992, Edwardsville, IL. Hydrogen explosion while drying solvent at Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Theo Annin1991, Western Ontario University. Ether fire in fume hood.
Unknown1991, Checotah, OK. Cyanide poisoning.
Unknown (2)1991, Osaka University. Silane cylinder contaminated with nitrous oxide exploded, killing two graduate students.
Unknown1990, New Jersey physics student electrocuted.
Unknown1990, Okinawa, Japan, High school student drowns during oceanography class.
Unknown1989, New Jersey. High school student electrocuted working on TV set in physics class.
Unknown (2)1989, Michigan. Two analysts die from exposure to Herpes B virus in lab.
Name Withheld by Request1988, Tacoma, WA. Drank saline mistakenly containing sodium azide at Pierce College A&P lab.
Unknown (4)1988, McMasterville, Quebec. CIL Explosives & Tech Center lab explosion killed four.
Unknown1988, California high school custodian went into coma and died following inhalation of old chemicals discarded in dumpster by new high school teacher.
Lou Molinini, Steven Carveillas and 1 other1988, Berkley Heights, NJ. Silane explosion at Gollob chemical testing plant.
Unknown1986, Moscow. Friendship Moscow State University Chemistry and Chemical Engineering building fire killed Ph.D. student from India.
Unknown1985, Bedford, MA. Lincoln Lab worker dies from exposure to undetected arsine leak.
Unknown1984, Minneapolis. Autoclave exploded when 19-year-old opened it.
Helena Zinger1984, Antwerp, Belgium. Died in unidentified lab accident.
Unknown1983, San Antonio, TX. Lee High School student electrocuted in science lab.
Unknown1983, San Francisco, CA. Maintenance worker died from exposure to Q-Fever from sheep used in lab experiments at UCSF Medical Center.
Unknown1982, Golden, CO. Engineering graduate student died from exposure to hydrogen sulfide at Colorado School of Mines.
Unknown1982, Michigan. Lab technician died from burns sustained from being trapped in cage cleaning autoclave.
Unknown (2)1981, Corning, NY. Sullivan Research Facility hydrofluoric acid tank leaked. Two killed in clean-up.
Unknown1981, San Antonio, TX. High School Student electrocuted in science lab.
Unknown1981, Kazakstan, Russia. Ether explosion in refrigerator at the National Academy of Science.
Unknown1980, Boston, MA. Female student died drinking water from a lab faucet in a “clean” beaker at the University of Massachusetts.
Sunny Su1979, Dartmouth, MA. Graduate student died in solvent explosion and fire at the University of Massachusetts.
Unknown (64)1979, Sverdlovsh, Russia. 64 died from exposure to anthrax at a weapons lab when someone forgot to install a filter on an exhaust.
Unknown1979, Arizona State University. Organic extraction solvent fire killed graduate student in geochemist’s laboratory.
Unknown1979, Washington State University. High school student died when the nitroglycerine he had synthesized blew up in his pocket on the way to the football field.
Unknown1978, College Park, MD. Custodian died in closet making carbon dioxide “smoke” from dry ice for a Halloween party at Baptist Community School.
Janet ParkerJanet Parker1978, Medical School at Birmingham University (UK), 40-year-old medical photographer died from laboratory exposure to smallpox.
Unknown1976, Texas high school student died of injuries sustained in alcohol fire. He was trying to refill the lamp while it was still lit.
Unknown1976, Arizona State University graduate student was trapped in lab fire.
Unknown1976, Enschede, Netherlands. Organic chemist died of edema from methylfluorosulfate exposure at Technische Hogeschool Twente.
Unknown (14)1974, Brisbane, Australia, Thirteen children and the teacher were killed in explosion when the teacher tried to demonstrate how to make a rocket engine.
Unknown1974, Stanford University. Graduate student killed when broken lid flew off vacuum desiccator.
Shri Krishna Singh1972, Cambridge, MA. MIT grad student electrocuted while working on live circuits.
Unknown (2)1972, New Haven, CT. Solid propellant explosion kills two lab workers at Olin-Matheson.
Unknown (3)1971, Russia. Three lab technicians died from biological exposure on soviet research vessel.
Unknown1971, Seattle, WA. P-Chem undergraduate killed in explosion from while pouring waste solvent at the University of Washington.
Unknown1969, Seattle. Sodium explosion in physical chemistry lab kills student at University of Washington.
Ray Kemp1968-9, Columbus, OH. Potassium cyanide poisoning at Ohio State University.
Unknown (7)1967, Marburg, Germany. Seven patients died from lab worker exposure to virus from infected Grivet monkeys from Uganda.
John Gallant1966, Westbrook, ME. High school student electrocuted while learning to use oscilloscope in physics class.
Unknown1966, Port Evan, NY. Chemist killed in explosion at Hercules Powder Company.
Unknown1966, Selden, NY. Suffolk Community College lab instructor died from injuries sustained when he dropped a jar of sodium.
Unknown1966, Princeton, NJ. Princeton University graduate student killed when struck by unchained gas cylinder that fell, sheared off valve and went through a cinderblock wall.
Unknown1966, Providence, RI. Brown University biology graduate student electrocuted doing electrophoresis.
Unknown1965, Wroclaw, Poland. Explosion kills chemistry department student at University of Poland.
Unknown1963, Alabama. Solid propellant explosion at Morton Thiokol.
Emil Grubbe1960. Possibly first doctor to use x-rays in the treatment of cancer, he died of cancer caused by exposure to x-ray radiation.
Leo GuerinLeo Guerin1959, Los Alamos, NM. Explosion killed 35 year old lab worker while drilling small holes into plastic explosive with a soldered hypodermic needle with a cutting tip at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Ray MeansRay Means1959, Los Alamos, NM. Explosion killed 31 year old lab worker who was standing next to Leo Guerin.
Jose CordovaJose C. Cordova1959, Los Alamos, NM. Four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust-like explosive residue at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Sevedeo LujanSevedeo Lujan1959, Los Alamos, NM. Four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust-like explosive residue at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Escolastico MartinezEscolastico Martinez1959, Los Alamos, NM. Four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust-like explosive residue at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Leopoldo PachecoLeopoldo F. Pacheco1959, Los Alamos, NM. Four workers died while preparing to burn 300 pounds of scraps and sawdust-like explosive residue at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Cecil Kelley1958, Los Alamos, NM. Kelley was standing on a ladder to stir a vat that included plutonium residue at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The plutonium became too concentrated and reached a critical mass.
Harlow MorkHarlow Mork1958, Michigan State University, Graduate student killed when distilling thiophene detonated in chemistry lab.
frederic-curieFrédéric Joliot-Curie1958, Paris. Husband of Irene Joliot-Curie and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for 1935. Died of liver disease resulting from overexposure to radiation.
Dr. Thomas Patterson1958, Woodstock, IL. Killed in explosion handling glass flask that possibly had contained ether at Morton Salt.
Dr. M.S.1957, National Viral laboratory, National Health and Welfare Canada, a 31 year-old male laboratory worker (Dr. M.S.) died from Herpes B infection. He was engaged in the production of polio vaccine with Rhesus monkeys. This case is reported in the Can. Med. Assoc. J. Vol. 79, Nov 1958.
Irene CurieIrène Joliot-Curie1956, Paris. Daughter of Marie Curie and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for 1935. Died of leukemia resulting from overexposure to radiation. A 1946 laboratory explosion of a capsule of polonium is thought to have been a direct cause.
Candalario EsquibelCandalario Esquibel1956, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 29-year-old died instantly when 50 pounds of explosive detonated while he was scraping dried powder from oven trays to store in glass bottles.
Unknown1956. A research chemist’s unauthorized experiment exploded, killing a colleague.
Unknown (2)1955, Bayside, NY. Sylvania Electric Lab. Explosion killed two when a hot crucible fell into a barrel of thorium dust powder.
Unknown1954, Indian Harbor, Indiana. New employee killed trying to cut the top off a 55-gallon drum. It exploded.
Unknown (2)1950’s, Pittsburg, National Energy Technology Laboratory. Hydrogen explosion killed two researchers.
Perry Brown1950, Boston, MA. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Catherine ChamieCatherine Chamié1950, Paris. As a lab assistant to Marie Curie, she transported radioactive sources each day on a cart, shielded poorly by lead bricks. Died from exposure.
Kenneth Eugene Ramsay1950, Brisbane, Australia. Chemistry instructor died from injuries sustained in an explosion while demonstrating the explosive nature of liquid oxygen.
Louis SlotinLouis Slotin1946, Los Alamos, NM. Received a fatal dose of neutron radiation while conducting experiments in plutonium critical mass.
Harry DaghlianHarry Daghlian1945, Los Alamos, NM. Lab assistant for Louis Slotin. Received a fatal dose of neutron radiation while conducting experiments in plutonium critical mass.
Walter Bradford Cannon1945. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
John Gibbs1945, Ballarat, Australia. Chemist asphyxiated by carbon monoxide fumes in the brass foundry laboratory where he worked.
Peter BraggPeter Bragg1944, Philadelphia, PA, Naval Research Lab explosion released radioactive, acidic, scalding steam and gas, killing two Manhattan Project chemists.
Paul MeigsDouglas Paul Meigs1944, Philadelphia, PA, Naval Research Lab explosion released radioactive, acidic, scalding steam and gas, killing two Manhattan Project chemists.
Sam RubenSam Ruben1943, Berkeley, CA. UC-Berkeley chemist who co-discovered the synthesis of the isotope carbon-14. He was studying the mechanism of phosgene as a poison gas when he was accidentally exposed to it.
John Joy1939, Melbourne. Died from severe acid burns sustained in a chemical explosion.
Ross Amos HullRoss Amos Hull1938, New York. Australian-American radio engineer. Electrocuted in his laboratory while conducting experiments with television apparatus.
Unknown1940, Illinois, Graduate student killed in explosion of chemicals stored in a household refrigerator.
Marie CurieMarie Curie1934, Skłodowska eastern France, from aplastic anemia contracted from exposure to radiation.
Frederick BaetjerFredrick Baetjer1933, Baltimore, MD. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Reinhold TilingReinhold Tiling, Angela Buddenboehmer, and Friedrich Kuhr1933, Osnabrück, Germany. Rocket engineer, his assistant and mechanic died of burns sustained in an explosion when solid propellant was overheated during preparation.
Silas Wilson1932, Adelaide, Australia. Died from burns following an explosion caused when water came in contact with phenol being heated to a high temperature.
Unknown (168)1930-1978, 168 deaths from laboratory-acquired infections (C.H. Collins, Laboratory Acquired Infections, Buttersworth, 1988)
Unknown (at least 19)1930, Medellin, Colombia. At least 19 children were killed by poor-quality diphtheria vaccine due to a laboratory error.
Unknown1929, Hungary, Science teacher killed in demonstration involving potassium metal.
Alexander BogdanovAlexander Bogdanov1928, Moscow. Performed early experiments in blood transfusion—on himself. Died from tuberculosis and malaria from donated blood.
Unknown (2)1928, Dahlen, Saxony, Germany. Two people were killed in an explosion in a chemist’s home laboratory.
Mr. Stammer1928, Berlin. Killed in an explosion while manufacturing mercury fulminate in an unauthorized laboratory.
Unknown (at least 18)1928, Berlin. Killed in an explosion caused by the unauthorized manufacture of chemical detonators.
Robert MachlettRobert Machlett1926. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Surendra Nath Dhar1923, Madras, India. Killed by accidental inhalation (or ingestion) of potassium cyanide at the Civil Engineering College.
Atherton Kinsley Dunbar1922, Cambridge, MA. Killed by an explosion in Harvard’s Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory when high-pressure oxygen being pumped into a gas cylinder came in contact with residual lubricating oil in the cylinder.
William Connell1922, Cambridge, MA. Killed by an explosion in Harvard’s Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory when high-pressure oxygen being pumped into a gas cylinder came in contact with residual lubricating oil in the cylinder.
William Eastman-Spandow1922. Columbia University, New York. Killed instantly when an autoclave containing diphenylamine became over-pressurized and exploded.
Herbert Robert1922, St. Louis. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Eugene Wilson CaldwellEugene Caldwell1918, New York. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Walter James DoddWalter James Dodd1916. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Henry Green1914. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Burton Eugene Baker1913. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Thurman Lester Wagner1912. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Henry S. Thurston1911, London. Assistant in the University College London bacteriology laboratories. Died from cutaneous anthrax possibly contracted after picking up a test tube containing the bacteria, then touching a scratch on his neck.
Mihran KassabianMihran Kassabian1910, Philadelphia. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Charles DickinsonCharles Courter Dickinson1910, New York. Financier and amateur chemist. Died of pneumonia and heart failure after inhaling toxic vapors while observing an experiment in a friend’s laboratory in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Rome Vernon Wagner1908. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
John Bawer1908. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
William Carl Egelhoff1907. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Wolfram FuchsWolfram C. Fuchs1907, Chicago. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Louis WeigelLouis Weigel1906, X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Arthur-Honore Radiguet1905, Paris. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Elizabeth Fleischmann-AschheimElizabeth Fleischman-Aschheim1905, San Francisco. Began experimenting with an x-ray machine on herself. Her arm was amputated due to x-ray burns before she finally died of cancer.
Unknown1904, Kronstadt, Russia. The director of a microbiological research laboratory died from plague while experimenting with cultures of bacteria.
Clarence DallyClarence M. Dally1904, New Jersey. Glass blower at Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park lab killed by x-ray exposure. Severely burned in 1896, he still worked with x-rays until 1898. His death caused Edison to discontinue radiation work in his lab.
Arthur Barry Blacker1902, London. X-ray pioneer died due to x-ray exposure.
Unknown (4)1896, Berlin. A chemist and three assistants were killed in an explosion while experimenting with acetylene.
Vera PopovaVera Yevstafievna Popova1896, Izhevsk, Russia. Chemist died as the result of an explosion while attempting to synthesize methylidynephosphan, an extremely polyphoric compound.
William Evelyn Liardet1893, Melbourne, Australia. Chemist killed by an explosion while experimenting with explosives and nitric acid.
E.T. Chapman and 2-3 lab staff1872, Ruebeland, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Chemist killed in a laboratory explosion during experiments with methyl nitrate.
Jerome NicklesJérôme Nicklès1869, Nancy, France. Chemist attempting to isolate fluorine died of hydrogen fluorine inhalation.
William Hart1866, Manchester, England. Chemist died in a laboratory accident at Tennant’s Chemical Works.
Dr. Carl Ulrich and T. Sloper1865, London. Chemist and assistant died from inhaling dimethylmercury vapors.
Unknown1863, Heidelberg, Germany. The young son of a university employee entered Robert Bunsen’s laboratory without proper supervision. He put an iron tube of rubidium hydroxide in his mouth and it exploded.
Thomas G. Stewart and assistant1863, Edinburgh. Chemistry and mathematics instructor died of pulmonary edema after inhaling nitric acid fumes when a jar of acid fell and shattered. It was thought he and his assistant’s attempts to recover some of the spilled acid directly caused their deaths.
Charles Blachford Mansfield and George Coppin1855, London. Chemist and assistant died of burns following the explosion of a naphtha still.
James Heywood1854, Sheffield, England. Chemist died of pulmonary edema after inhaling acid fumes when a glass carboy containing a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids fell and shattered.
Paulin LouyetPauline Louyet1850, Brussels, Belgium. Chemist attempting to isolate fluorine died of hydrogen fluorine inhalation.
Julius Bescherer1849, Rudolstadt, Germany. Chemist and university lecturer was killed while preparing some hydrogen cyanide.
Henry Hennell1842, London. Chemist killed in a violent explosion while manufacturing roughly six pounds of mercury fulminate.
Mr. Hervig1840, Paris. Laboratory assistant in the School of Pharmacy. Killed by the explosion of an apparatus used to generate carbonic acid.
Felix-Polydore Boullay1835, Paris. Chemist died from the effects of severe burns sustained in a November 1830 explosion, caused by accidentally holding a bottle of diethyl ether near an open flame.
Adolph GehlenAdolph Ferdinand Gehlen1815, Munich. Chemist died from inhaling arsine fumes during an experiment.
Bertrand PelletierBertrand Pelletier1797, Paris. Chemist died of tuberculosis and damaged lungs from excessive exposure to phosphorus and chlorine fumes.
Mr. Letors and Ms. Chevraud1788, Essonnes, France. Killed by an explosion during a gunpowder manufacturing experiment conducted by Claude-Louis Berthollet and Antoine Lavoisier, in which 20 pounds of potassium chlorate were mixed with gunpowder.
Carl ScheeleCarl Scheele1786, Köping, Sweden. Scheele was known to smell and taste any new substances he discovered. Cumulative exposure to arsenic, mercury, lead, and perhaps hydrofluoric acid which he had discovered, took their toll on Scheele. Doctors said he died of mercury poisoning.
Jean-François Pilâtre de RozierJean-François Pilâtre de Rozier1785, Wimille, France. Conducted early aviation experiments using hot air balloons. Died when his balloon suddenly caught fire, deflated and fell from the sky.
Johann Gottlob LehmannJohann Gottlob Lehmann1767, St. Petersburg, Russia. German geologist died from inhaling arsine fumes after a crucible containing an arsenic compound exploded during heating.