Famous Black Engineers

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Granville Woods
(Inventor)
Granville Woods
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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.

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Guion Bluford
(Aerospace Engineer)
Guion Bluford
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Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Pi'erre Bourne
(Best known for producing the singles 'Magnolia' by Playboi Carti and 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine)
Pi'erre Bourne
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Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States
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Macky Sall
(Politician, Engineer)
Macky Sall
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Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fatick
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Will Packer
(Film producer)
Will Packer
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Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida
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Henry Ossian Flipper
(Military Leader)
Henry Ossian Flipper
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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.

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Filipe Nyusi
(Engineer, Politician)
Filipe Nyusi
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Birthdate: February 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mueda, Mozambique
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Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
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Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: April 15, 1912
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Winnie Byanyima
(Engineer, Politician)
Winnie Byanyima
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Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda
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Mahmoud Mohammed Taha
(Politician, Civil Engineer)
Mahmoud Mohammed Taha
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Birthdate: 1909 AD
Birthplace: Rufaa, Sudan
Died: January 18, 1985
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Ayodele Awojobi
(Academic)
Ayodele Awojobi
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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.

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Hamadoun Toure
(was Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union)
Hamadoun Toure
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Birthdate: September 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mali
Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou
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Birthplace: Maine Soroa, Niger
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David Crosthwait
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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.

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Aisha Bowe
(Aerospace engineer known for Aerospace Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
Aisha Bowe
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Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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Daviz Simango
(Politician)
Daviz Simango
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Birthdate: February 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tanzania
Died: February 22, 2021
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Natalie Payida Jabangwe
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Birthdate: June 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: England
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Kitaw Ejigu
(Space Scientist)
Kitaw Ejigu
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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.  

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Noble Banadda
(Engineer)
Noble Banadda
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Birthdate: May 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: July 1, 2021
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Thomas Frederick Hope
(Civil engineer)
Thomas Frederick Hope
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Birthdate: March 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: May 19, 1996