Famous Black Engineers

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 1 Granville Woods

Granville Woods
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1910

Granville Woods was 10 when he began working at a machine shop, while continuing his studies at a night school. He grew up to become a steam locomotive engineer and earned the nickname the Black Edison for his countless inventions, most of which were related to electrical systems for railways.

 2 Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

Former NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson is best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun, which became one of the most popular toys in the world, garnering sales amounting to more than a billion dollars since its invention. He has also been part of the US Air Force.

 3 Loni Love

Loni Love
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Loni Love is an American comedian, actress, television host, and author. Love won the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category in 2018 for her work in the popular syndicated talk show, The Real. A former electrical engineer, Loni Love has worked in popular companies like Xerox Holdings Corporation and General Motors.

 4 Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford
Famous As: Aerospace Engineer
Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 5 Macky Sall

Macky Sall
Famous As: Politician, Engineer
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fatick

 6 Pi'erre Bourne

Pi'erre Bourne
Famous As: Best known for producing the singles 'Magnolia' by Playboi Carti and 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine
Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States

 7 Will Packer

Will Packer
Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida
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 8 Henry Ossian Flipper

Henry Ossian Flipper
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: March 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, United States
Died: April 26, 1940

Then first Black to have graduated from West Point’s Military Academy, Henry Ossian Flipper was born to slave parents. He also became the first African-American to command US Army troops. He was dismissed unjustly on embezzlement charges and later worked as a civil engineer. His name was cleared posthumously.

 9 Filipe Nyusi

Filipe Nyusi
Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: February 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mueda, Mozambique

 10 Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: April 15, 1912

 11 Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima
Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda

 12 Mahmoud Mohammed Taha

Mahmoud Mohammed Taha
Famous As: Politician, Civil Engineer
Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: Rufaa, Sudan
Died: January 18, 1985

 13 Ayodele Awojobi

Ayodele Awojobi
Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: March 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oshodi-Isolo
Died: September 23, 1984

Ayodele Awojobi was a Nigerian academic, inventor, author, activist, and social crusader. Regarded as a scholarly genius by his peers and teachers alike, Awojobi became the first African to earn a degree of Doctor of Science at the Imperial College London. His research papers in the field of vibration are often referred to and studied by researchers around the world.

 14 Hamadoun Toure

Hamadoun Toure
Famous As: was Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union
Birthdate: September 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mali

 15 Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou

Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Maine Soroa, Niger

 16 David Crosthwait

David Crosthwait
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 27, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 25, 1976

Ventilation, heating system, and air conditioning pioneer David Crosthwait was one of the first African-American men to excel in science. Throughout his illustrious career, he managed to gain 80 international patents. He later taught at Purdue University and was presented with an honorary doctorate by the same university.

 17 Daviz Simango

Daviz Simango
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tanzania
Died: February 22, 2021

 18 Natalie Payida Jabangwe

Natalie Payida Jabangwe
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: England

 19 Kitaw Ejigu

Kitaw Ejigu
Famous As: Space Scientist
Birthdate: February 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bonga, Russia
Died: January 13, 2006

Kitaw Ejigu was an Ethiopian-American engineer and one of Ethiopia’s first aerospace scientists. He worked for NASA as a system engineer and space research scientist and managed a joint NASA/ESA International Solar Polar Mission Spacecraft Systems Interface. He is also credited with the invention of two aerospace mechanisms which were patented under NASA's new technologies programs.  

 20 Noble Banadda

Noble Banadda
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: July 1, 2021

 21 Thomas Frederick Hope

Thomas Frederick Hope
Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: March 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: May 19, 1996