Who was the most damaged scientist in history?

I suppose the crowds could come and shout “Tesla!”, but they would be wrong. I mean, surely Nicola Tesla missed out on getting very rich, but that’s not what science is about anyway, and there’s something more important than missing out on a fortune. I present the case of this young man:

Evariste Galois was a really great mathematician and made several contributions to science already in his 20s.

Galois theory? Is it some kind of elvish language that I can’t read?

However, this guy also turned out to be a great political activist. I mean he was a young liberal in France during the first half of the 19th century. You know what that means? France at that time had more revolutions than the steering wheel of a racing car at full speed. Yes, it’s bad that some scientists like Tesla didn’t get rich like they should, but this guy had been persecuted and spent some time in jail fighting for rights, opposing the king.

Electricity for all? How about rights for all? The French revolution of 1830 caused him to be expelled from the university and also put in chains. As if all this wasn’t enough, he got into trouble with a lady. As he describes in his letters:

I will die in a duel on the occasion of some coquette de bas etage. Why? Because she will invite me to avenge her honor that someone else has compromised. Do you know what I lack, my friend? I can only trust you: You are someone I can love and love only in spirit. I have lost my father and no one has replaced him, do you hear me?

These things may seem normal today for a young man of 20 years, but the thing went further. When he got out of jail, he got into a duel with a certain Stephanie-Felicie Poterin du Motel. It is speculated that the whole incident was staged by the police and royalists to get rid of him. Be that as it may, he had left his mathematical papers unfinished because the famous scientist Cauchy had asked him to combine them in order to submit the combined work for a grand prize, and he had fought a duel. His opponent was probably an artillery officer, but definitely one much better than him with weapons. He was shot in the abdomen and died the next day.

His works were reviewed after his death and included famous contributions to science. I think it’s a tragic story of a promising young scientist who wasn’t even given a chance.