Famous Austrian Engineers

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Ferdinand Porsche
(Automotive Engineer and Founder of the ‘Porsche AG’)
Ferdinand Porsche
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Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice 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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Ferdinand Piëch
(Austrian Business Magnate and Former Chairman of Volkswagen Group (1993 - 2015))
Ferdinand Piëch
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Birthdate: April 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 25, 2019

Remembered widely as the grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Piech later joined Audi. He is also known for converting Volkswagen from a loss-making firm to one of the world leaders in the global automobile scene. He had apparently fathered 12 children with several women.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
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Birthdate: December 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart
Died: April 5, 2012

The grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed Butzi, was surprisingly dismissed from his industrial design course due to his supposed incompetence. He ended up designing the legendary sports car Porsche 901, later known as the Porsche 911. He also established the Porsche Design Studio.

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Albert Göring
(Mechanical engineer)
Albert Göring
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Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Friedenau
Died: December 20, 1966
Apart from being an engineer who worked for the German army during World War I, Albert Göring is also remembered as the brother of infamous Nazi Party figure and military leader Hermann Göring. Surprisingly, he was anti-Nazi and had helped many Jews, though he remained ostracized due to his family name, post-war.
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Helmuth Koinigg
(Formula One driver, Engineer, Sportsperson)
Helmuth Koinigg
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Birthdate: November 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 6, 1974

Austrian racing driver Helmuth Koinigg was from an affluent family but struggled to finance his racing dreams initially. He tragically passed away in a deadly crash at age 25, in what was his second Grand Prix start, the 1974 US Grand Prix, when a suspension failure caused him to be decapitated.

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

One of the three men who founded the iconic automobile company BMW, Franz Josef Popp was an Austrian engineer. He spearheaded innovative projects such as the production of air-cooled radial engines. Though he later joined the Nazi Party, he was warned for allowing a Jewish doctor treat his family.

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Richard von Mises
(Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher, Engineer, University teacher)
Richard von Mises
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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.  

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Karl von Terzaghi
(Best Known as the 'Father of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering')
Karl von Terzaghi
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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.

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Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche
(Entrepreneur, Engineer)
Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche
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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.

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

Austrian automobile designer and manufacturer Hans Ledwinka is remembered for his numerous patents and inventions, the most prominent of them all being the backbone chassis mechanism, which he incorporated in Tatra vehicles. He was jailed after being accused of collaborating with German forces during World War II.

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

A fine physician, Ernst Weber, known as the father of experimental psychology, is remembered for his studies on the sense of touch and for his discovery of the just-noticeable difference. His contributions to experimental psychology include Weber’s illusion, while he also contributed immensely to blood circulation research.

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Franz Viehböck
(Austrian Electrical Engineer and Cosmonaut, Who Became the First Austrian to Fly in Space)
Franz Viehböck
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Birthdate: August 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Electrical engineer and cosmonaut Franz Viehböck was the first Austrian to travel into space. Trained in Russia, he became part of the Soyuz TM-13 mission and went to the Mir space station, along with two Soviet cosmonauts. He later represented Boeing as its European space and communications representative.

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Claire F. Gmachi
(University teacher, Engineer)
Claire F. Gmachi
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria

An electrical engineer professor at the Princeton Institute of Materials, Claire F. Gmachi is best known for her research on quantum devices, such as lasers, and their use in the health and environment sectors. She also heads the education program of MIRTHE, a group of 6 universities, as its director.

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Alexander Meissner
(Austrian Engineer and Physicist Who Discovered the Principle of Positive Feedback)
Alexander Meissner
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Birthdate: September 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 3, 1958

Austrian engineer and physicist Alexander Meissner made remarkable contributions to the development of the radio telegraphy system with his studies on antenna design. He was the first to design a rotary radio beacon and made pioneering discoveries in the amplification of high-frequency radio signals. He also taught at the Technical University of Berlin.

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Claus Josef Riedel
(Czech Glassmaker and Businessman Best Known for Creating and Producing Grape Variety-Specific Glassware)
Claus Josef Riedel
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Birthdate: February 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Polaun, Czechia
Died: March 17, 2004

An heir to the Austrian glassmaking company Riedel Crystal, Claus Josef Riedel had introduced many innovations in the glassmaking industry. He brought in the world’s first gourmet glasses and also introduced a full range of wine glasses for different types of wine. He had also won several awards for his innovations

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

Austrian hydraulic engineer Philipp Forchheimer is remembered for his remarkable contribution to groundwater hydrology. Apart from introducing the use of mathematical physics models as a means of studying hydraulics, he also taught and worked as a consultant. He was the first to use Laplace’s equation to measure groundwater flow.