Saturday, 4 April 2015
Dr Bruce Banner . . . . The A to Z of Slightly Strange Unknown Victorian Inventors and Explorers
Dr Bruce Banner
Dr Bruce Banner was a noted explorer and a keen caver. And when he discovered the vast array of caves on (or under)
Greenland decided that he would
not only attempt to map the complex of caves but to go deeper underground than
anyone had ever been before. In order to avoid the toxic gasses that originate
from the many volcanoes, Dr Bruce Banner invented a sophisticated gas
detection device which he simply called the Dr Banner Detector. A simple hand held device that had a bulb
which would flash with greater intensity as the gases increased in density.
The problem was, that Dr Bruce Banner had a terrible temper and would emerge from the caves covered in sulphur making him a yellowy green, his clothing ripped and his hair a wild mess, screaming and shouting at his assistants. Then on his attempt to go deeper than anyone else had before, one of the teams Banner Detectors failed and the team decided to return to the surface. However Dr Banner refused to go back and had a huge argument with the support team. When they were asked afterwards why Dr Bruce Banner carried on they said he had a terrible temper and refused to accept defeat and got into an incredible sulk when we said it was unsafe to continue. So he just headed into the depths on his own never to be seen again.
Only a handful of the Banner Detectors were ever made and the last one is in the
of Mummified Whalers and Fishermen where they also have one of Dr Bruce Banner’s ripped and tattered shirts on display. Icelandic Museum