A staple trope of popular culture, the mad scientist is epitomized by a white robe wearing, frazzle haired harbinger of technology misused and calculations gone awry. But the reality is all too true, and scientists mad or otherwise ill-informed or ill-intentioned have certainly caused chaos in the annals of research. In this account, we look at 10 must-know mad scientists who took their research a little too far, including the Russian serial dog head transplanter, a Spanish researcher who remote controlled a live bull, and the German doctor who probed his own heart.
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10. Trofim Lysenko
9. William Buckland
8. Werner Theodor Otto Forssmann
7. Vladimir Demikhov
6. Jose Delgado
5. Stubbins Ffirth
4. Robert G. Heath
3. Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov
2. Harry Harlow
1. Giovanni Aldini
1 Edison electrocuted elephants to death. For Reasons.
2 Tesla started to claim he built multiple doomsday devices like earthquake machines and laser cannons.
3 Not sure who to credit for this but, there is an experiment out there where a bunch of chimps were put into a cage with their young. Then the floor was heated up. The chimps would lift their young to keep them off the increasingly hot floor. Until it became so hot that the mother chimps put their young on the floor and stood on them. For Science!
4 Probably the same Ahole, but another chimp experiment placed a group of chimps in a cage. Food was then placed in the cage but whenever any chimp got near the food, all of the chimps would be sprayed by very cold water from a fire hose. This went on for some time and the chimps learned not to get near the food. Then they let an entirely new group of chimps into the cage with the first group. The new chimps would start to go near the food and the first group would beat the crap out of them to avoid getting sprayed with the water again. I guess this was to figure out a new way to get fat people to lose weight or something.
5 The guy that is currently putting chips on roaches and he can steer them with a remote control. It actually works too. It is all part of a brilliant plan to get the health department to shut down all vegan restaurants.
Thomas Midgley Jr. was an American mechanical and chemical engineer. He played a major role in developing leaded gasoline and some of the first chlorofluorocarbons, better known by its brand name Freon; both products were later banned due to concerns about their impact on human health and the environment. Wikipedia He drank Tetraethel lead to prove it was harmless after workers in his factory became sick physically and died,denying the obvious. He eventually contracted polio and strangled to death in a machine he had built to help him get out of bed. He qualifies.
Regarding Harlow, he was responsible for bringing attention to the infant’s need for maternal contact. Remember that, at the same time, the celebrated B. F. Skinner was marketing the Air Crib, which was a human infant isolation chamber suggested as a scientific advance for caring for all infants. It’s ridiculous that you can pull this information out of historical context and hold early research to the standards of what we know now.
Nr. 1 could actually well have been what inspired Mary Shelly to writing "Frankenstein". Aldini being a showman with his electrical reanimation, and Shelly being part of an inquirering and curious group of people she could easily have heard about Aldini, even attended one of his show when she wrote her story in 1817.
This jackass acts smart, yet says animals and humans as if that's the true way to say it....technically humans are part of the aaanimal kingdom... Therefore he should wild animal's or something, cause otherwise its like saying. Animals and dogs...see how dumb it sounds? Animals and cats, animals and monkey's, animals and horses, animals and humans. Lol
You say Aldini's experiments on *CORPSES* was both cruel and bizarre...? Bizarre, maybe, cruel though? I do not believe you can inflict cruelty upon the dead. The dead feel nothing. No matter how much you mutilate a corpse, it does not feel. Therefore you cannot inflict cruelty upon them.
None of the men listed were mad scientists. Much of that work cited here was the beginning of the understanding of electro physiology, blood circulation like the two headed dog experiments which we actually use today to keep donor organs alive until they can be transplanted et cetera. So I’m sorry this show is just exaggerating and trying to get likes.
Why dont you talk about the modern day, Western-world "liberal arts" scientist who publishes their pseudoscientific "research" and opinion pieces, and tries to pass them off as academic and credible, and even tries to get political change based on it.
Meh, these are benings... I would thought it will be the same standard with Shirō Ishii of unit 731 that sew two people to one and killed so many. That one was nightmare fuel and ironically he got war crime immunity and convert to Catholicism shortly before his death. I hope he doesn't have bail hell jail card as much as he got bail jail card.
As awful as they were, Hawlow's monkey experiments taught us a lot. He wasnt testing "for love". He found that baby monkeys consistently spend more time hanging on to and cuddling with a doll made out of cloth rather than a doll made out of metal wire that provides food. Infants are born with an innate desire to be touched and comforted, and it is essential for their healthy development.
Well, at least Werner Otto Forssmann never did anything horrible to "anyone" else like Joseph Mengle and General Ishi most certainly did en masse. Fact is, I think I have respect for a man so confident in his gifts that he's not afraid of any mistakes that would result in his hurting or killing himself!
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