History is full of brilliant minds who died penniless. Galileo and Poe are two of them.
Norton Curry is another.
Norton and wife Enid lived childless in an old stone mill in Virginia. Curry attempted to invent a skin creme. The result was far different.
Years after Norton’s death, researchers learned his skin creme eliminated cancer, reduced aging, and was a powerful aphrodisiac. He might have made billions, yet he died poor.
But, this isn’t a sad story.
After raising 18 children, Norton and Enid were still studying the creme’s aphrodisiac effects the night Curry died of heart failure…at the age of 137.
I didn’t have room to add another favorite, Petr Ufimtsev. This soviet researcher helped develop the world-beating technology of Stealth. This technology helps makes military aircraft, not invisible, but “low observable” to radar. Yet in the USSR Ufimtsev was virtually unknown. From The Moscow Times:
When he was told what his researches had built, he shrugged. “Senior Soviet designers were absolutely uninterested in my theories,” he said.
Luckily, he didn’t die penniless, and he joined the faculty at UCLA.
Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Look here for the original prompt and links to many other stories: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/3-june-2016/