Famous Austrian Inventors & Discoverers

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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 Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr.
Famous As: Actress, Co-inventor of technology for spread spectrum
Birthdate: November 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress whose early career was defined by her performance in the controversial Czech erotic film Ecstasy. Apart from gaining popularity as a beautiful Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr became known as an inventor after co-inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Her career has inspired several works of art. She was also the inspiration behind the iconic character Catwoman.

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 3 Viktor Schauberger

Viktor Schauberger.
Famous As: Forester, Inventor, Writer
Birthdate: June 30, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schwarzenberg am Böhmerwald
Died: September 25, 1958

 4 Georg Luger

Georg Luger.
Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Steinach am Brenner
Died: December 22, 1923

 5 Siegfried Marcus

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

 6 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.

 7 Ferdinand Mannlicher

Ferdinand Mannlicher
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 30, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: January 20, 1904
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 8 Robert Adler

Robert Adler
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 15, 2007

 9 Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach

Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 4, 1929

 10 Henri Herz

Henri Herz
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 5, 1888