Famous Austrian Inventors & Discoverers

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 1 Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr
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Famous As: Actress, Inventor
Birthdate: November 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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.

 2 Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Artisan
Birthdate: September 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Felkirchen
Died: March 12, 1942

The founder of the German engineering and technological MNC Bosch, Robert Bosch was born to a farmer in a south Germany village. He is also remembered as one of the first Germans to introduce 8-hour work days. He also invented the high-voltage spark plug and magneto for automobiles.

 3 Viktor Schauberger

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

Austrian forest caretaker, naturalist, pseudoscientist, biomimicry experimenter, inventor and philosopher, Viktor Schauberger came up with his own concepts based on his observations of nature. He mentioned in the Implosion magazine that the propeller was incorrectly designed by the aeronautical and marine engineers.

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 4 Georg Luger

Georg Luger
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Famous As: Former designer of the famous Luger pistol and the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge
Birthdate: March 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Steinach am Brenner, Tyrol, Austria
Died: December 22, 1923

 5 Karl Terzaghi

Karl Terzaghi
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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.

 6 Ferdinand Mannlicher

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

 7 Robert Adler

Robert Adler
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 15, 2007
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 8 Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach

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

 9 Henri Herz

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

 10 Cyrill Demian

Cyrill Demian
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Famous As: Musical instrument maker
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Birthplace: Austria
Died: November 1, 1847