Automobile Engineers

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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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Henry Ford
(The Founder of the ‘Ford Motor Company’)
Henry Ford
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Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springwells 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.

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Ferdinand Porsche
(Automotive Engineer and Founder of the ‘Porsche AG’)
Ferdinand Porsche
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Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice 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.

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John DeLorean
(Engineer Known for His Work at 'General Motors' & Founder of the 'DeLorean Motor Company')
John DeLorean
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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.

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Soichiro Honda
(Japanese Industrialist, Engineer and Founder of the Renowned Automobile Manufacturer, 'Honda Motor Co., Ltd')
Soichiro Honda
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Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: August 5, 1991

Soichiro Honda was a Japanese industrialist and engineer. He is credited with establishing the world-renowned automobile manufacturer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. He is also credited with overseeing the company's growth from a wooden shack manufacturing unit to a multinational conglomerate manufacturer of motorcycle and automobile. Soichiro Honda was made an inductee of the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Gene Haas
(Engineer)
Gene Haas
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Birthdate: November 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
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Ettore Bugatti
(Automobile Designer, Founder and Proprietor of the Automobile Manufacturing Company ‘Automobiles E. Bugatti’)
Ettore Bugatti
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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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Alan Mulally
(Engineer)
Alan Mulally
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Birthdate: August 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.
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Walter Chrysler
(Business person)
Walter Chrysler
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Birthdate: April 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wamego, Kansas, U.S.
Died: August 18, 1940
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Boyd Coddington
(Hot Rod Designer and the Owner of the Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop)
Boyd Coddington
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Birthdate: August 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rupert, Idaho, United States
Died: February 27, 2008
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Marc Tarpenning
(Engineer)
Marc Tarpenning
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Birthdate: June 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
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Karl Benz
(Entrepreneur)
Karl Benz
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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. 

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Horacio Pagani
(Businessman, Engineer)
Horacio Pagani
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Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casilda, Argentina
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Ferdinand Piëch
(Austrian Business Magnate and Former Chairman of Volkswagen Group (1993 - 2015))
Ferdinand Piëch
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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.

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George Barris
(automotive designer)
George Barris
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Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 5, 2015
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George Pullman
(American Engineer and Industrialist Known for Designing and Manufacturing the Pullman Sleeping Car)
George Pullman
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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.

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Charles F. Kettering
(Inventor, Engineer & Businessman)
Charles F. Kettering
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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. 

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Harley Earl
(Automotive designer)
Harley Earl
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Birthdate: November 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 10, 1969
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Henry Royce
(British Engineer and Co-founder of the 'Rolls-Royce')
Henry Royce
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Birthdate: March 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alwalton, Huntingdonshire, England
Died: April 22, 1933

Famous for his designs of car and airplane engines, fifteen years old Frederick Henry Royce learned engineering through hands-on during his apprenticeship at Great Northern Railway Company rather than through education. At twenty-one, he started his own engineering business, manufacturing electrically driven cranes, dynamos, and motors, eventually drawing the attention of C.S. Rolls, co-founding the Rolls Royce Company with him.

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Henry M. Leland
(American Machinist, Inventor, Automotive Entrepreneur and Founder of Automotive Brands ‘Cadillac’ and ‘Lincoln')
Henry M. Leland
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Birthdate: February 16, 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.

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Harry Ferguson
(Inventor of Modern 'Tractor' and First Four-Wheel Drive 'Formula One' Car)
Harry Ferguson
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Birthdate: November 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Down, Ireland
Died: October 25, 1960

Known as the Mad Mechanic, Harry Ferguson was the man behind the invention of the modern tractor, popularly known as the Wee Grey Fergie. He was also the first Irish to build and fly his own plane. His legacy lives on in the Massey Ferguson brand of agricultural machinery.

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Zora Arkus-Duntov
(Former engineer whose work on the Chevrolet Corvette earned him the nickname)
Zora Arkus-Duntov
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Birthdate: December 25, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: April 21, 1996
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Giotto Bizzarrini
(Italian engineer)
Giotto Bizzarrini
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Birthdate: June 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
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Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
(Automotive designer)
Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
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Birthdate: October 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Emil Škoda
(Engineer)
Emil Škoda
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Birthdate: November 18, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: August 8, 1900
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Josef Ganz
(Car Designer)
Josef Ganz
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Birthdate: July 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 26, 1967
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Ivan Hirst
(Officer)
Ivan Hirst
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Birthdate: March 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saddleworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: March 10, 2000
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Fritz von Opel
(Industrialist)
Fritz von Opel
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Birthdate: May 4, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, Germany
Died: April 8, 1971
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Alexandre Darracq
(French Investor, Engineer, Cycle Manufacturer and Automobile Manufacturer)
Alexandre Darracq
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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.
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Frederick W. Lanchester
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Birthdate: October 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 8, 1946
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Gabriel Voisin
(French Aviation Pioneer and the Creator of Europe’s First Manned, Engine-Powered, Heavier-Than-Air Aircraft)
Gabriel Voisin
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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.
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Dante Giacosa
(Automobile designer)
Dante Giacosa
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Birthdate: January 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 31, 1996
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Alexander Winton
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Birthdate: June 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grangemouth, Scotland
Died: June 21, 1932
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Vincent Bendix
(Inventor)
Vincent Bendix
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Birthdate: December 12, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moline, Illinois, United States
Died: March 27, 1945
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J. Frank Duryea
(Inventor)
J. Frank Duryea
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Birthdate: October 8, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washburn, Illinois, United States
Died: February 15, 1967
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Émile Levassor
(Engineer)
Émile Levassor
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Birthdate: January 21, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marolles-en-Hurepoix, France
Died: April 14, 1897
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Fabio Taglioni
(Engineer)
Fabio Taglioni
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Birthdate: September 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: July 18, 2001
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Reem Al Marzouqi
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Birthdate: September 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Claude-François-Dorothée, marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans
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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.

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René Panhard
(Engineer)
René Panhard
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Birthdate: May 27, 1841
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1908
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Ed Donovan
(Engineer)
Ed Donovan
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Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: 1989 AD
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John Heinricy
(Racing driver)
John Heinricy
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Birthplace: United States