America has always been the hotbed of tinkerers. By 19th century, America was on a fast lane to engineering success. Ground-breaking engineering feats stirred America’s appetite for industrial preeminence and towards the beginning of 19th century, it was already belting out engineering milestones — some original and some borrowed (at times illegally) from British Isles. By the end of that century, America was crafting its own major inventions, like the steamboat and cotton gin. With such engineering advancements, the country was clearly on its way to gaining industrial supremacy. This spurred a rise of famous engineering schools like MIT, the Case Institute, and Stevens Institute of Technology, which generated a steady supply of engineers. Since the last 70 years, America has been the world leader in engineering excellence, ruling markets from steel and cars to energy and aerospace. Let us explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on America's eminent engineers in the biographies presented below.
Elon MuskElon Musk

28 June 1971

Jeff BezosJeff Bezos

12 January 1964

Bill GatesBill Gates

28 October 1955

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai

12 July 1972

Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla

10 July 1856

Howard HughesHoward Hughes

24 December 1905

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin

20 January 1930

Henry FordHenry Ford

30 July 1863

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella

19 August 1967

Tim CookTim Cook

01 November 1960

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak

11 August 1950

John McAfeeJohn McAfee

18 September 1945

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Jack DorseyJack Dorsey

19 November 1976

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds

28 December 1969

Dustin MoskovitzDustin Moskovitz

22 May 1984

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt

27 April 1955

Amar BoseAmar Bose

02 November 1929

Jan KoumJan Koum

24 February 1976

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Jerry Yang Jerry Yang

06 November 1968

John BardeenJohn Bardeen

23 May 1908

Robert NoyceRobert Noyce

12 December 1927

Jack KilbyJack Kilby

08 November 1923

Ray TomlinsonRay Tomlinson

23 April 1941

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Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering

29 August 1876

An WangAn Wang

07 February 1920

Emily Warren RoeblingEmily Warren Roebling

23 September 1843

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke

10 February 1883

Evan WilliamsEvan Williams

31 March 1972

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Kate GleasonKate Gleason

25 November 1865

Olive DennisOlive Dennis

20 November 1885

Squire WhippleSquire Whipple

16 September 1804

W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming

14 October 1900

Henry GannettHenry Gannett

24 August 1846

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Daniel FredinburgDaniel Fredinburg

08 September 1981

Elmina WilsonElmina Wilson

29 September 1870

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman

16 March 1953

Anwar al-AwlakiAnwar al-Awlaki

22 April 1971

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor

20 March 1856

Robert MosesRobert Moses

18 December 1888

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Bo WelchBo Welch

30 November 1951

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon

30 April 1916

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper

06 March 1927

John CarmackJohn Carmack

20 August 1970

Gene KranzGene Kranz

17 August 1933

George HotzGeorge Hotz

02 October 1989

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Gary GygaxGary Gygax

27 July 1938

Lisa NowakLisa Nowak

10 May 1963

Jack FiskJack Fisk

19 December 1945

Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart

30 January 1925

Chris MetzenChris Metzen

22 November 1973

Vannevar BushVannevar Bush

11 March 1890

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Steve AlbiniSteve Albini

22 July 1962

Sid MeierSid Meier

24 February 1954

Wally SchirraWally Schirra

12 March 1923

Robert H. GoddardRobert H. Goddard

05 October 1882

Bernhard Caesar EinsteinBernhard Caesar Einstein

10 July 1930

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning

22 November 1980

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Brendan EichBrendan Eich

04 July 1961

Casey JonesCasey Jones

14 March 1863

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse

06 October 1846

Owsley StanleyOwsley Stanley

19 January 1935

Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao

04 November 1933

Ellen OchoaEllen Ochoa

10 May 1958

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Tim PatersonTim Paterson

01 June 1956

Richard GarriottRichard Garriott

04 July 1961

Max YasgurMax Yasgur

15 December 1919

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull

31 March 1945

Boyd CoddingtonBoyd Coddington

28 August 1944

Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh

10 April 1977

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Stan WinstonStan Winston

07 April 1946

Ed BoonEd Boon

22 February 1964

Ellison OnizukaEllison Onizuka

24 June 1946

Fazlur Rahman KhanFazlur Rahman Khan

03 April 1929

Burt RutanBurt Rutan

17 June 1943

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark

23 March 1944

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Anousheh AnsariAnousheh Ansari

12 September 1966

Preston TuckerPreston Tucker

21 September 1903

Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear

29 December 1800