Shocking Story: Thomas Midley, the great inventor meets his death in his own rope and pulley system

Shocking Story Thomas Midley, the great inventor meets his death in his own rope and pulley system
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Thomas Midgley was a renowned American inventor and a key figure . His two most famous inventions are currently banned as they are dangerous for the world environment. These are the use of lead in petrol (gasoline) and the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in refrigerators , inhalers and aerosol spray cans.

He was given many high awards for his work . In 1944 he became president and chairman of the American Chemical Society.

Disabled  by polio in his final years, it was to the point were it was hard for him to do every day tasks like getting out of bed . Thomas devised a harness working on the rope and pulley system that would help him move from his bed to his wheelchair, what he thought as a seemingly safe and useful idea.

But little did he know it would be the reason for his death. It was this same harness that strangled him in a tragic accident, he became entangled in the ropes and got suffocated.  To some extent ironically, Midgley’s own death paralleled the fate of his creations.


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