Famous American Electrical Engineers

Agreed, a mechanic is the best friend anyone can have. But with cars now evolving into a hi-tech mobile entertainment unit, replete with new-age push-button ignition, built-in GPS, rear camera and MP3-synced audio, it’s time to include an electrical engineer in your roster of friends list. An electrical engineer can untangle your wires and put you in the right course, which makes them indispensable in anyone's list. However, the craze for electrical engineers is nothing new. The electrical engineers have always played a crucial role in the development of human civilization. The difference in world history before and after harnessing of electrical energy is stark. Today, there is practically no work possible without electricity. This shows how important and indispensable electrical engineers are to us. So what are you waiting for? Without any ado, explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on America's most laud-worthy electrical engineers in the biography below.

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 1 Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison.
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Famous As: Inventor, Businessman
Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States
Died: October 18, 1931

Described as America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison’s legacy is an everlasting one. He was the first to help make the incandescent light bulb commercially viable, even though he was not the first inventor of it. Quadruplex telegraph, phonograph, motion picture camera and the alkaline storage battery are some the many innovations that made him a worldwide phenomenon and an icon.

 2 Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon.
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Famous As: Mathematician, Cryptographer
Birthdate: April 30, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: February 24, 2001

Claude Shannon was an electrical engineer, mathematician, and cryptographer. He is credited with publishing the article A Mathematical Theory of Communication which gave rise to the field of information theory. Hence, Shannon is considered the father of information theory. He is also credited with founding digital circuit design theory. During World War II, he contributed to the field of cryptanalysis.

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 3 John Bardeen

John Bardeen.
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 30, 1991

American engineer, physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen is the only person who received the Nobel Prize in Physics twice. He shared the first Nobel with William Shockley and Walter Brattain in 1956 for inventing the transistor, and the second with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer in 1972 for proposing the BCS theory, a microscopic theory of superconductivity.

 4 Amar Bose

Amar Bose.
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer and Sound Engineer
Birthdate: November 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Died: July 12, 2013

Amar Bose was an American academic, entrepreneur, sound engineer, and electrical engineer. Bose served as a professor at MIT for more than 45 years. He is also credited with founding a manufacturing company called Bose Corporation where he served as the chairman. In 2008, Amar Bose was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 5 Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella.
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Famous As: Chairman & CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive, currently serving as the chief executive officer of Microsoft. Since he became CEO, the company has seen a 27% annual growth rate. Born in India to a Telugu-speaking family, Nadella serves as an inspiration to millions of Indians who nurse 'The American Dream'.

 6 Jack Kilby

Jack Kilby.
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Famous As: Inventor of integrated circuit
Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jefferson City
Died: June 20, 2005

 7 Edwin Howard Armstrong

Edwin Howard Armstrong
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States
Died: February 1, 1954

Edwin Howard Armstrong was an American inventor and electrical engineer. He is credited with developing the superheterodyne receiver system as well as the frequency modulation (FM) radio. During his illustrious career, Armstrong received several awards including the IEEE Medal of Honor, Franklin Medal, and Edison Medal. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1980.

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 8 Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering.
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio
Died: November 25, 1958

Charles F. Kettering was an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. Kettering is credited with founding Delco Electronics Corporation. Holder of 186 patents, Kettering is also credited with the invention of Freon refrigerant for air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Over the course of his career, Charles F. Kettering won prestigious awards like the IEEE Edison Medal, Hoover Medal, and Franklin Medal. 

 9 William Edwards Deming

William Edwards Deming.
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Famous As: Statistician, Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: October 14, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sioux City
Died: December 20, 1993

Born to a lawyer, William Edwards Deming grew up to become a renowned mathematical physicist and later taught statistics at the New York University. His research focused on the application of statistical methods to improve quality control in various industries. His ideas were later widely used by Japanese corporates.

 10 Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chippewa Falls
Died: October 5, 1996

 11 Loni Love

Loni Love
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Loni Love is an American comedian, actress, television host, and author. Love won the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category in 2018 for her work in the popular syndicated talk show, The Real. A former electrical engineer, Loni Love has worked in popular companies like Xerox Holdings Corporation and General Motors.

 12 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty was named to the World's Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. She led IBM through its conversion to a leading data company. The Northwestern University alumna has also earned the Edison Achievement Award. She became part of Time 100 in 2012.

 13 Harry Nyquist

Harry Nyquist
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Famous As: Physicist, Computer scientist, Engineer, Statistician, Mathematician
Birthdate: February 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kil Municipality
Died: April 4, 1976

 14 Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, United States

Conservative libertarian Republican Thomas Massie is the US Representative from Kentucky's 4th district. Born to a beer distributor, he studied mechanical engineering at MIT and also co-owned a start-up. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he earned Donald Trump’s ire when he opposed a stimulus package to boost the American economy.

 15 Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang.
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Famous As: Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
Birthdate: November 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taipei

Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-American billionaire internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, and venture capitalist. Yang is credited with co-founding Yahoo! Inc. where he also served as the CEO from 2007 to 2009. Jerry Yang is also credited with founding a venture capital firm named AME Cloud Ventures.

 16 J. Presper Eckert

J. Presper Eckert
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: April 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 3, 1995

 17 Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson.
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Famous As: Inventor of the First Email System
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
Died: March 5, 2016

 18 Martin Eberhard

Martin Eberhard
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

Martin Eberhard is an American entrepreneur, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with co-founding Tesla, Inc. in 2002. He then served as the company's chairman and CEO. Martin Eberhard was inducted into the University of Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.

 19 Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Engelbart
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: July 2, 2013

 20 Frank J. Sprague

Frank J. Sprague
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 25, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milford
Died: October 25, 1934

 21 Bruce McCandless II

Bruce McCandless II
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 21, 2017

 22 Ray Dolby

Ray Dolby
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: September 12, 2013

 23 Edith Clarke

Edith Clarke.
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29, 1959

 24 Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer and classical flautist. A former astronaut, Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in space. In 2012, she became the first Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center. Ochoa has won several prestigious awards including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal and Space Flight Medals. In 2017, she was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.

 25 Will Packer

Will Packer
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida

 26 Charles F. Brush

Charles F. Brush
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 17, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio, United States
Died: June 15, 1929

 27 Granville Woods

Granville Woods.
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1910

Granville Woods was 10 when he began working at a machine shop, while continuing his studies at a night school. He grew up to become a steam locomotive engineer and earned the nickname the Black Edison for his countless inventions, most of which were related to electrical systems for railways.

 28 Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

Judith Resnik was an American software engineer, electrical engineer, pilot, biomedical engineer, and NASA astronaut. She was the fourth woman and the first Jewish woman in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. Resnik, who died during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, received several posthumous honors. Judith Resnik’s life and career inspired the 1990 TV movie Challenger.

 29 Peter Cooper Hewitt

Peter Cooper Hewitt
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: May 5, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 1921

 30 Steven Sasson

Steven Sasson
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 31 Frederick Emmons Terman

Frederick Emmons Terman
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: June 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: English, Indiana, United States
Died: December 19, 1982

 32 Nick Holonyak

Nick Holonyak
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zeigler, Illinois, United States

 33 Madman Muntz

Madman Muntz
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Famous As: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Electrical engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: January 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Elgin
Died: June 21, 1987

 34 Robert H. Dennard

Robert H. Dennard
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: September 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Terrell, Texas, United States

 35 C. L. Max Nikias

C. L. Max Nikias
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cyprus

 36 Arthur Nielsen

Arthur Nielsen
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Famous As: Market-research executive
Birthdate: September 5, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: June 1, 1980

 37 Solomon W. Golomb

Solomon W. Golomb
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: May 1, 2016

 38 Robert Michael White

Robert Michael White
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: July 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 17, 2010

 39 Harold Rosen

Harold Rosen
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 30, 2017

 40 Marcian Hoff

Marcian Hoff
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester

 41 Arthur E. Kennelly

Arthur E. Kennelly
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: December 17, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colaba, India
Died: June 18, 1939

 42 Max Mathews

Max Mathews
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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: November 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nebraska, United States
Died: April 21, 2011

 43 Ivan A. Getting

Ivan A. Getting
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: January 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 11, 2003

Ivan A. Getting was an American electrical engineer and physicist. He is credited with the development of GPS which is currently being used around the world. Getting, who played a significant role during the Second World War, received several prestigious awards during his illustrious career. In 2004, Ivan A. Getting was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 44 Henry Earl Singleton

Henry Earl Singleton
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: November 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haslet, Texas, United States
Died: August 31, 1999

 45 Lloyd Groff Copeman

Lloyd Groff Copeman
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 28, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hadley, Michigan, United States
Died: July 5, 1956

 46 Harold Stephen Black

Harold Stephen Black
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: April 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 11, 1983

Harold Stephen Black was an American electrical engineer. He is credited with discovering the negative feedback amplifier which in turn revolutionized the field of applied electronics. Black won several prestigious awards, including the AIEE Lamme Medal and John Price Wetherill Medal, during his illustrious career. In 1981, Harold Stephen Black was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 47 William D. Coolidge

William D. Coolidge
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 23, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hudson, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 3, 1975

 48 Edwin James Houston

Edwin James Houston
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: July 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Died: March 1, 1914

 49 David Crosthwait

David Crosthwait
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 27, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 25, 1976

Ventilation, heating system, and air conditioning pioneer David Crosthwait was one of the first African-American men to excel in science. Throughout his illustrious career, he managed to gain 80 international patents. He later taught at Purdue University and was presented with an honorary doctorate by the same university.

 50 Wallace H. Coulter

Wallace H. Coulter
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 17, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 7, 1998