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 John DeLorean

John DeLorean.
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.

 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.

 3 Gene Haas

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

 4 Soichiro Honda

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

 5 Alan Mulally

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

 6 Walter Chrysler

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

 7 Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti.
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.

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 8 Ferdinand Piech

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

 9 Marc Tarpenning

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

 10 George Barris

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

Frederick McKinley Jones.
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.

 12 George Pullman

George Pullman
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.

 13 Karl Benz

Karl Benz.
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. 

 14 Charles F. Kettering

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

Charles F. Kettering was an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. Kettering is credited with founding Delco Electronics Corporation. Holder of 186 patents, Kettering is also credited with the invention of Freon refrigerant for air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Over the course of his career, Charles F. Kettering won prestigious awards like the IEEE Edison Medal, Hoover Medal, and Franklin Medal. 

 15 Harley Earl

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

 16 Zora Arkus-Duntov

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

 17 Henry M. Leland

Henry M. Leland
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.

 18 David Dunbar Buick

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

 19 Washington Augustus Roebling II

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

 20 Giotto Bizzarrini

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

 21 Josef Ganz

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

 22 Ivan Hirst

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

 24 Frederick W. Lanchester

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

 25 Alexandre Darracq

Alexandre Darracq
Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: November 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 2, 1931
Alexandre Darracq was a French engineer, investor, cycle manufacturer and automobile manufacturer. He established Automobiles Darracq France in Suresnes and was one of the first to plan mass production of motor vehicles. By 1904, Darracq was producing more than ten percent of all automobiles in France. He also built racing cars and founded a school for racing drivers.

 26 Fritz von Opel

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

 27 Gabriel Voisin

Gabriel Voisin
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belleville-sur-Saone, France
Died: December 25, 1973
French aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin was the creator of Europe's first manned, engine-powered, heavier-than-air aircraft. His company became a major producer of military aircraft, notably the Voisin III during World War I. Subsequently, he switched to the design and production of luxury automobiles under the name Avions Voisin. The French aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer was inspired by Clément Ader.

 28 Dante Giacosa

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

 29 Alexander Winton

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

 30 Vincent Bendix

Vincent Bendix
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
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 8, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washburn, Illinois, United States
Died: February 15, 1967

 32 Émile Levassor

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

 33 Fabio Taglioni

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

 34 Reem Al Marzouqi

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

 35 René Panhard

René Panhard
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
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roches-sur-Rognon, France
Died: July 18, 1832

Claude-François-Dorothée, marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans was a French engineer and naval architect. He is credited with inventing the first steamboat, which in turn led to the first industrial revolution. He is also credited with developing a steamship named Palmipède and a paddle steamer called Pyroscaphe. In 1803, Robert Fulton used Jouffroy d'Abbans' ideas to sail a steamship on the Seine.

 37 Ed Donovan

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

 38 John Heinricy

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