Famous Austrian Engineers

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 1 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla.
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
Died: January 7, 1943

Inventor, engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla, is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A prolific inventor, he had around 300 patents for his inventions. Even though he earned a considerable amount of money, he had poor money management skills and died a poor man.

 2 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche.
Famous As: Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

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 3 Ferdinand Piech

Ferdinand Piech.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 25, 2019

 4 Hermann Oberth

Hermann Oberth.
Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Essayist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sibiu
Died: December 28, 1989

 5 Helmuth Koinigg

Helmuth Koinigg.
Famous As: Formula One driver, Engineer, Sportsperson
Birthdate: November 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 6, 1974

 6 Franz Josef Popp

Franz Josef Popp
Famous As: Engineer, Manager, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: July 29, 1954

 7 Siegfried Marcus

Siegfried Marcus
Famous As: Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: September 18, 1831
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malchin
Died: June 30, 1898
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 8 Karl Terzaghi

Karl Terzaghi
Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: October 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: October 25, 1963

The pioneer of soil mechanics, Karl Terzaghi was the son of an army lieutenant-colonel and studied in a military boarding school, where he developed his passion for geography. He eventually graduated as a mechanical engineer. He later also taught at MIT and penned iconic works such as Erdbaumechanik.

 9 Richard von Mises

Richard von Mises
Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: April 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lviv
Died: July 14, 1953

Richard von Mises was an Austrian Jewish scientist and mathematician. He is known for his work on solid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeronautics, fluid mechanics, and probability theory. He was the Gordon McKay Professor of Aerodynamics and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. He is the one who proposed the now-famous "birthday problem" in probability theory. He was married to mathematician Hilda Geiringer.  

 10 Hans Ledwinka

Hans Ledwinka
Famous As: Engineer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 14, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Klosterneuburg
Died: March 2, 1967

 11 Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche

Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer
Birthdate: September 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt
Died: March 27, 1998

Born to an automobile designer at Austro-Daimler, Porsche AG CEO Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche, better known as Ferry Porsche, grew up working in auto workshops and racing the cars he and his father designed. Ferry and his father were commissioned by Hitler to build a low-cost "people’s car," the Volkswagen.

 12 Ernst Weber

Ernst Weber
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 16, 1996

 13 Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt

Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: November 14, 1668
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: November 16, 1745

 14 Franz Viehböck

Franz Viehböck
Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: August 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 15 Alexander Meissner

Alexander Meissner
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 3, 1958

 16 Philipp Forchheimer

Philipp Forchheimer
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 7, 1852
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 2, 1933