Automobile Engineers

Automobile engineers design and manufacture automobiles. Know about famous automobile engineers, such as John DeLorean, Ferdinand Porsche, Karl Benz, Soichiro Honda, Ettore Bugatti and many more.

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 1 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche
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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.

 2 John DeLorean

John DeLorean
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: January 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: March 19, 2005

John DeLorean was an American inventor and engineer. Highly regarded for his work at General Motors, John DeLorean was an influential figure in the US automobile industry. He is credited with founding the popular American automobile manufacturer, The DeLorean Motor Company. DeLorean’s life inspired a couple of documentary films, including Framing John DeLorean where he was played by Alec Baldwin.

 3 Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 21, 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

 4 Harley Earl

Harley Earl
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: November 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 10, 1969

 5 Karl Benz

Karl Benz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mühlburg, Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: April 4, 1929

Karl Benz was a German engine designer, automotive engineer, and entrepreneur.  He designed the Benz Patent Motorcar, for which he received a patent in 1886. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before venturing into developing motorcars. His Benz Patent Motorcar is widely regarded as the world's first production automobile. 

 6 Gene Haas

Gene Haas
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States

 7 Soichiro Honda

Soichiro Honda
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: August 5, 1991
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 8 Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.

 9 Walter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler
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Famous As: Business person
Birthdate: April 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wamego, Kansas, U.S.
Died: August 18, 1940

 10 Ferdinand Piech

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

George Barris
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Famous As: automotive designer
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 5, 2015

 12 Marc Tarpenning

Marc Tarpenning
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 13 George Pullman

George Pullman
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brocton, New York, United States
Died: October 19, 1897

One of his parents’ 10 children, George Pullman initially took over his father’s carpentry business and secured contracts with New York for the Erie Canal project. The founder of the Pullman sleeping car and a company town, Pullam was criticized for using the military to violently end the 1894 Pullman Strike.

 14 Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21, 1961

Best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system used in long-haul trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones was orphaned at age 7. He quit school as a child and took up menial jobs. After briefly serving the army, he focused on inventing machine parts and ended up with over 60 patents.

 15 Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio
Died: November 25, 1958

 16 Washington Augustus Roebling II

Washington Augustus Roebling II
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 15, 1912

 17 Zora Arkus-Duntov

Zora Arkus-Duntov
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Famous As: Engineer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: December 25, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: April 21, 1996

 18 Henry M. Leland

Henry M. Leland
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Famous As: Machinist
Birthdate: February 14, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vermont, United States
Died: March 26, 1932

While initially working in the machine plants and firearms industries, Henry M. Leland gradually mastered the art of toolmaking and manufacturing. He later revolutionized the auto industry and was the man behind the car brands Cadillac and Lincoln. He introduced inventions such as the electric starter and the V-8 engine.

 19 David Dunbar Buick

David Dunbar Buick
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 17, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arbroath, Scotland
Died: March 5, 1929

 20 Giotto Bizzarrini

Giotto Bizzarrini
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Famous As: Italian engineer
Birthdate: June 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy

 21 Josef Ganz

Josef Ganz
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Famous As: Car Designer
Birthdate: July 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 26, 1967

 22 Ivan Hirst

Ivan Hirst
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: March 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saddleworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: March 10, 2000

 23 Emil Škoda

Emil Škoda
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 18, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: August 8, 1900

 24 Frederick W. Lanchester

Frederick W. Lanchester
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 8, 1946

 25 Alexandre Darracq

Alexandre Darracq
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Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: November 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 2, 1931

 26 Fritz von Opel

Fritz von Opel
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: May 4, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, Germany
Died: April 8, 1971

 27 Gabriel Voisin

Gabriel Voisin
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belleville-sur-Saone, France
Died: December 25, 1973

 28 Dante Giacosa

Dante Giacosa
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Famous As: Automobile designer
Birthdate: January 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 31, 1996

 29 Alexander Winton

Alexander Winton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grangemouth, Scotland
Died: June 21, 1932

 30 Vincent Bendix

Vincent Bendix
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 12, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moline, Illinois, United States
Died: March 27, 1945

 31 J. Frank Duryea

J. Frank Duryea
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 8, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washburn, Illinois, United States
Died: February 15, 1967

 32 Fabio Taglioni

Fabio Taglioni
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: July 18, 2001

 33 Émile Levassor

Émile Levassor
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 21, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marolles-en-Hurepoix, France
Died: April 14, 1897

 34 Reem Al Marzouqi

Reem Al Marzouqi
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

 35 René Panhard

René Panhard
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 27, 1841
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1908

 36 Claude-François-Dorothée, marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans

Claude-François-Dorothée, marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roches-sur-Rognon, France
Died: July 18, 1832

 37 Ed Donovan

Ed Donovan
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: 1989 AD

 38 John Heinricy

John Heinricy
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States
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