Famous British Engineers

Engineers around the world are engaged in making the lives of masses simpler. They put to use the theories of science for solving practical problems. The Great Britain is home to many such famous engineers who brought about a revolution in the field of technology. Be it electrical, aerospace, marine or automotive engineering, these engineers have made their nation proud with their work, which led to a more sophisticated and better world. William Gosling, Dennis Arbor and Denis Augustine Hanley definitely deserve a mention in the list of eminent British engineers. While Dennis Arbor’s discovery of ‘Holography’ became a foundation for the world-famous ‘3D’ technology, William Gosling's books and scientific papers on electrical engineering paved way for future developments. Civil engineers such as John Howard are world-renowned for pioneering the construction of masterpieces such as the ‘Forth Road’ and ‘Kingsferry’ bridges. In this section you can find biographies of some of the most famous British engineers. Read everything about their life stories, timelines and a few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: April 9, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: September 15, 1859

English civil engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history." Considered a major figure of the Industrial Revolution, he built docks, a series of steamships, and many important bridges and tunnels. He was placed second in a BBC public poll to determine the "100 Greatest Britons" in 2002. 

 2 Jonathan Ive

Jonathan Ive
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Famous As: Industrial designer
Birthdate: February 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 3 Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis
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Famous As: Engineer, Chess player
Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 4 Richard Trevithick

Richard Trevithick
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Famous As: Pioneer of steam-powered road & rail transport
Birthdate: April 13, 1771
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: April 22, 1833

 5 Barnes Wallis

Barnes Wallis
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Famous As: Inventor of Bouncing Bomb
Birthdate: September 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: October 30, 1979

 6 John Ambrose Fleming

John Ambrose Fleming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 29, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 18, 1945

 7 Elihu Thomson

Elihu Thomson
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: March 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: March 13, 1937
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 8 John Milne

John Milne
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: December 30, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: July 31, 1913

 9 James Henry Greathead

James Henry Greathead
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: August 6, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, South African
Died: October 21, 1896

 10 John Blenkinsop

John Blenkinsop
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: 1783 AD
Nationality: British
Died: January 22, 1831

 11 John Heathcoat

John Heathcoat
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 7, 1783
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: January 18, 1861

 12 Paul Dirac

Paul Dirac
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 20, 1984

 13 Atticus Ross

Atticus Ross
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 14 Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons
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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 15 Peter Molyneux

Peter Molyneux
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Famous As: Game programmer, Engineer, Programmer, Game designer
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 16 George Stephenson

George Stephenson
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Famous As: Father of Railways
Birthdate: June 9, 1781
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 12, 1848

 17 James Glaisher

James Glaisher
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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 7, 1903

 18 Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 19 Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw
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Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: January 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 20 Magdalen Berns

Magdalen Berns
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Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 13, 2019

 21 Tony Hoare

Tony Hoare
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 22 Roy Thomas Baker

Roy Thomas Baker
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Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 23 Andrew Gower

Andrew Gower
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 24 Joseph Bazalgette

Joseph Bazalgette
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: March 28, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: March 15, 1891

 25 Oliver Heaviside

Oliver Heaviside
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Telegraphy
Birthdate: May 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: February 3, 1925

 26 Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick
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Famous As: Engineer, Writer, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 27 William Mulholland

William Mulholland
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: September 11, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: July 22, 1935

 28 Martin Birch

Martin Birch
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Famous As: Sound Engineer
Birthdate: December 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 29 Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer scientist
Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 30 Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 1960

 31 Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman
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Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Engineer
Birthdate: August 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 32 Eddie Kramer

Eddie Kramer
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Famous As: engineer, audio engineer, record producer, composer
Birthdate: April 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 33 R. J. Mitchell

R. J. Mitchell
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Famous As: Aeronautical engineer
Birthdate: May 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 11, 1937

 34 Hubert Cecil Booth

Hubert Cecil Booth
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 4, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: January 14, 1955

 35 Paddy Lowe

Paddy Lowe
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 36 Robert Stephenson

Robert Stephenson
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Famous As: Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 16, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: October 12, 1859

 37 George Cayley

George Cayley
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 27, 1773
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: December 15, 1857

 38 John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: July 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: June 16, 1971

 39 Geoffrey de Havilland

Geoffrey de Havilland
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Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Test pilot, Aviator, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: May 21, 1965

 40 John Chard

John Chard
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Famous As: Engineer, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 21, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: November 1, 1897

 41 Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton
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Famous As: Businessperson, Engineer
Birthdate: September 3, 1728
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: August 17, 1809

 42 William George Armstrong, Baron Armstrong

William George Armstrong, Baron Armstrong
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 26, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 27, 1900

 43 Tommy Flowers

Tommy Flowers
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Famous As: Technician, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 22, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: October 28, 1998

 44 Henry Royce

Henry Royce
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Automotive designer
Birthdate: March 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: April 22, 1933

 45 Ken Nightingall

Ken Nightingall
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Famous As: Audio engineer
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Nationality: British
Died: May 19, 2020

 46 Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 47 John Smeaton

John Smeaton
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: June 8, 1724
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: October 28, 1792

 48 Ken Scott

Ken Scott
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Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 49 Ken Adam

Ken Adam
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Famous As: Scenographer, Production designer
Birthdate: February 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, British
Died: March 10, 2016

 50 Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter
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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British