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 Henry Ford

Henry Ford
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Michigan, United States
Died: April 7, 1947

Business magnate and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is credited to have made the automobile an accessible conveyance for Americans in the 20th century. Following the success of his company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He also became known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I.

 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 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.

 4 Gene Haas

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

 5 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

 6 Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt
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Famous As: Billionaire heir, engineer and industrialist.
Birthdate: May 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, West Germany

 7 Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.
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 8 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

 9 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.

 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

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.

 11 Marc Tarpenning

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

 12 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

 13 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. 

 14 Horacio Pagani

Horacio Pagani
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Famous As: Businessman, Engineer
Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casilda, Argentina

 15 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.

 16 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

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. 

 17 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

 18 Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia

Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: October 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 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

David Dunbar Buick was a Scottish-born American inventor best remembered for establishing the popular Buick Motor Company, which went on to become the basis of the General Motors empire. In 1974, Buick was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his immense contribution to the automobile industry in the United States of America.

 20 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

 21 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

 22 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.

 23 Giotto Bizzarrini

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

 24 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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 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

 28 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

 29 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
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.

 30 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
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.

 31 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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 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

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.

 40 Ed Donovan

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

 41 John Heinricy

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