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Nikola Tesla
(Inventor, Engineer & Futurist, Who Obtained Over 300 Patents)
Nikola Tesla
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Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
Died: January 7, 1943

Inventor, engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla, is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A prolific inventor, he had around 300 patents for his inventions. Even though he earned a considerable amount of money, he had poor money management skills and died a poor man.

 2 
John Monash
(One of the Best Allied Generals of the First World War & the Most Famous Commander in Australian History)
John Monash
14
Birthdate: June 27, 1865
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: October 8, 1931

John Monash was an Australian military commander during World War I. He played a major role in the Gallipoli campaign, which took place from February 1915 to January 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula. John Monash is widely regarded as the most popular commander in Australian history and one of the most prominent allied generals of World War I.

 3 
Konrad Zuse
(Pioneering German Computer Scientist Who Created the World's First Programmable Digital Computer)
Konrad Zuse
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Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 18, 1995

Award-winning German computer scientist Konrad Zuse created the world's first program-controlled computer, named Z1. He then moved on to Z3, the first fully functional programmable computer in the world, and Z4, the first commercial digital computer in the world. Post-retirement, he spent most of his time painting.

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 4 
Phineas Gage
(American Railroad Construction Foreman)
Phineas Gage
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Birthdate: July 9, 1823
Birthplace: Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 21, 1860

Phineas Gage was a railroad construction foreman. He is best remembered for surviving an accident which destroyed much of the left frontal lobe of his brain; during the accident, a large iron rod was driven through his head. Gage's personality was said to have changed after the accident, which contributed immensely to studies about the brain's role in determining personality.

 5 
Harold Camping
(Radio personality, Civil engineer)
Harold Camping
5
Birthdate: July 19, 1921
Birthplace: Boulder
Died: December 15, 2013

Californian evangelist and preacher Harold Camping made headlines when he incorrectly predicted the date of the Rapture, or the end of the world, to be May 21, 2011. Initially a civil engineer, Camping later came to be known for leading Family Radio, a Christian broadcast station, in its peak.

 6 
Robert A. Heinlein
(American Novelist Best Known as the 'Dean of Science Fiction Writers')
Robert A. Heinlein
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Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Birthplace: Butler, Missouri, United States
Died: May 8, 1988

Robert A. Heinlein was an American author, naval officer, and aeronautical engineer. Heinlein is credited with pioneering a literary subgenre called hard science fiction as he was among the first to stress the importance of scientific accuracy in fiction. Robert A. Heinlein is one of the most influential science-fiction writers of all time.

 7 
Elon Musk
(CEO of Tesla)
Elon Musk
77
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Entrepreneur, engineer and industrial designer, Elon Musk, is famous as founder of the electronic payment firm PayPal, and the SpaceX spacecraft company. He is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon Musk has plans to revolutionize transportation on earth as well as to space through futuristic technology.

 8 
Bernhard Caesar Einstein
(Swiss-American Engineer and One of the Three Known Biological Grandchildren of Albert Einstein)
Bernhard Caesar Einstein
5
Birthdate: July 10, 1930
Birthplace: Dortmund, Germany
Died: September 30, 2008

Swiss-American physicist and engineer Bernhard Caesar Einstein was better known as the only grandchild of Albert Einstein to have survived beyond childhood. While two of his biological brothers died in infancy, his parents adopted a girl child, too. He grew up to work on night vision and laser technology.

 9 
Shahid Khan
(Business person)
Shahid Khan
13
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Punjab, Pakistan
 10 
Steve Albini
(Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Journalist, Music journalist)
Steve Albini
12
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: May 7, 2024
 11 
Richard Garriott
(Astronaut, Engineer, Video game developer, Programmer)
Richard Garriott
5
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Birthplace: Cambridge
 12 
Viktor Yanukovych
(Politician, Engineer, Economist, Racecar driver)
Viktor Yanukovych
8
Birthdate: July 9, 1950
Birthplace: Yenakiieve
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 13 
Marc Andreessen
(Best Known as Co-Author of 'Mosaic', the First Widely Used Web Browser)
Marc Andreessen
10
Birthdate: July 9, 1971
Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States

Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, and investor. He is credited with co-founding the independent computer services company Netscape as well as the private venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is also credited with co-authoring one of the first web browsers, NCSA Mosaic. In 1994, he was inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.

 14 
Jiro Horikoshi
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
Jiro Horikoshi
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Birthdate: June 22, 1903
Birthplace: Fujioka
Died: January 11, 1982

Jiro Horikoshi was a Japanese engineer who played an important role during the Second World War, serving as the chief engineer of several Japanese fighter aircraft, including the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Jiro Horikoshi's life and career inspired a fictionalized biographical animated film titled The Wind Rises which was directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

 15 
George Washington Goethals
(Former 1st Governor of Panama Canal Zone (1914 - 1917))
George Washington Goethals
4
Birthdate: June 29, 1858
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 21, 1928

George Washington Goethals was an American civil engineer and US-Army General remembered for his role as an overseer of the construction of the Panama Canal. He also served as the first Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1914 to 1917. Goethals has been honored with several tributes, including the Society of American Military Engineers' establishment of the Goethals Medal.

 16 
Brendan Eich
(computer scientist, programmer, chief technology officer)
Brendan Eich
4
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
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Bobby Murphy
(Co-Founder of Snapchat. and software engineer)
Bobby Murphy
3
Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
 18 
Ben Burtt
(Sound designer)
Ben Burtt
5
Birthdate: July 12, 1948
Birthplace: Jamesville, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 19 
Hubert Cecil Booth
(Engineer)
Hubert Cecil Booth
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Birthdate: July 4, 1871
Birthplace: Paris
Died: January 14, 1955

Civil engineer Hubert Cecil Booth had designed everything from Ferris wheels to bridges, but the product that he is most remembered for is the vacuum cleaner, which he invented to introduce a hygienic method of dust removal. He had also designed Navy ships. He rejected the knighthood offered to him.

 20 
Willy Messerschmitt
(Aeronautical engineer, Engineer, University teacher)
Willy Messerschmitt
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1898
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: September 15, 1978
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 21 
Elias Howe
(Former inventor best known for his creation of the modern lockstitch sewing machine)
Elias Howe
3
Birthdate: July 9, 1819
Birthplace: Spencer, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 3, 1867
 22 
Alan Blumlein
(English Electronics Engineer)
Alan Blumlein
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Birthdate: June 29, 1903
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: June 7, 1942

Best known as the inventor of stereo sound, electronic engineer Alan Blumlein had 128 patents in his kitty. He died at age 38, when the Halifax bomber carrying him and his colleagues crashed during World War II. He was apparently part of a secret radar experiment back then.

 23 
Louis Blériot
(Aviator, Engineer, Inventor, Aerospace engineer)
Louis Blériot
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Birthdate: July 1, 1872
Birthplace: Cambrai
Died: August 2, 1936

Louis Blériot was a French aviator, engineer, and inventor. He is credited with developing the first workable headlamp for cars. He is also credited with making the first working, piloted monoplane. Blériot achieved worldwide fame in 1909 when he became the first person to fly across the English Channel. Louis Blériot also founded the successful aircraft manufacturing company, Blériot Aéronautique.

 24 
Ben Swann
(Journalist)
Ben Swann
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Birthdate: July 17, 1978
Birthplace: El Paso
 25 
Walter Murch
(American Film Editor, Director, Writer and Sound Designer)
Walter Murch
5
Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 26 
Bill Lear
(Inventor)
Bill Lear
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1902
Birthplace: Hannibal, Missouri, United States
Died: May 14, 1978
 27 
Pyotr Kapitsa
(Soviet Physicist and Winner of 1978 Nobel Prize for His Basic Inventions and Discoveries in Low-Temperature Physics)
Pyotr Kapitsa
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1894
Birthplace: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 8, 1984

Nobel Prize-winning Soviet physicist Pyotr Kapitsa revolutionized science with his invention of new machines for liquefaction of gases. He is also remembered for discovering that liquid helium is superfluid. He had also served in World War I and had lost his father, wife, and children in the 1918-1919 flu epidemic.

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Giovanni Battista Caproni
(Italian Aeronautical Engineer and Aircraft Designer)
Giovanni Battista Caproni
2
Birthdate: July 3, 1886
Birthplace: Arco, Italy
Died: October 27, 1957
 29 
Steven Sasson
(Engineer)
Steven Sasson
3
Birthdate: July 4, 1950
Birthplace: Brooklyn
 30 
Victor Kalashnikov
(Designer)
Victor Kalashnikov
3
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Birthplace: Matay
 31 
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
(31st President of Chile (1994 - 2000))
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
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Birthdate: June 24, 1942
Birthplace: Santiago

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle served as the President of Chile from 1994 to 2000. Under his presidency, poverty in Chile decreased and improvements were made in education and health sectors. An important politician, Frei also served as the President of the Senate of Chile from 2006 to 2008.

 32 
Frank Bunker Gilbreth
(Engineer)
Frank Bunker Gilbreth
2
Birthdate: July 7, 1868
Birthplace: Fairfield, Maine, United States
Died: June 14, 1924
 33 
Jay Wright Forrester
(Scientist)
Jay Wright Forrester
2
Birthdate: July 14, 1918
Birthplace: Anselmo, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 16, 2016
 34 
Akihiro Hino
(The Founder and CEO of Video Games Developing Company 'Level-5')
Akihiro Hino
2
Birthdate: July 20, 1968
Birthplace: Ōmuta

The founder of Level-5, video game designer Akihiro Hino began his career as a programmer and later designed popular games such as the Dark Cloud series and the Professor Layton series. He has designed for major console brands such as PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable.

 35 
Erich Topp
(Engineer, Submariner, Architect)
Erich Topp
2
Birthdate: July 2, 1914
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: December 26, 2005
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Sir Samuel White Baker
(English Explorer)
Sir Samuel White Baker
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1821
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 30, 1893
 37 
Abraham Karem
(Pioneer in innovative fixed and rotary-wing unmanned vehicles)
Abraham Karem
1
Birthdate: June 27, 1937
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
 38 
Dan Bricklin
(Computer scientist, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Programmer)
Dan Bricklin
2
Birthdate: July 16, 1951
Birthplace: Philadelphia
 39 
Jacob Perkins
(American Inventor, Mechanical Engineer and Physicist Known for His Inventing of 'Refrigerator')
Jacob Perkins
2
Birthdate: July 9, 1766
Birthplace: Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 30, 1849

Known as the father of the refrigerator, American inventor, mechanical engineer and physicist Jacob Perkins made several useful mechanical inventions. He created improved nail machines and some of the best steel plates for engraving, invented a bathometer, became the first person in Britain to use a uniflow steam engine, and most notably built the world’s first working vapor-compression refrigeration system.

 40 
Nils Bohlin
(Swedish Mechanical Engineer and Inventor Who Invented the 'Three-Point Safety Belt')
Nils Bohlin
2
Birthdate: July 17, 1920
Birthplace: Härnösand, Sweden
Died: September 21, 2002

Nils Bohlin was a Swedish inventor and mechanical engineer remembered for inventing the three-point safety belt in vehicles. The safety belt is considered one of the most important inventions in the history of automobiles. In 1974, he was honored with the Ralph Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award. In 1999, Bohlin was made an inductee of the Automotive Hall of Fame.   

 41 
Robert Michael White
(Electrical Engineer)
Robert Michael White
2
Birthdate: July 6, 1924
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 17, 2010
 42 
Jerzy Buzek
(Politician, Engineer, Chemist, University teacher, Trade unionist)
Jerzy Buzek
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Birthdate: July 3, 1940
Birthplace: Smilovice

Jerzy Buzek is a Polish politician who served as the Prime Minister of Poland from 31 October 1997 to 19 October 2001. An influential politician, Buzek also served as the President of the European Parliament from 14 July 2009 to 17 January 2012. In 1998 and 2009, political weekly Wprost named Jerzy Buzek Person of the Year for his achievements.

 43 
George Mueller
(Engineer and physicist)
George Mueller
3
Birthdate: July 16, 1918
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 12, 2015
 44 
Práxedes Mateo Sagasta
(Spanish Politician and Civil Engineer)
Práxedes Mateo Sagasta
2
Birthdate: July 21, 1825
Birthplace: Torrecilla en Cameros, Spain
Died: January 5, 1903
 45 
Josef Ganz
(Car Designer)
Josef Ganz
2
Birthdate: July 1, 1898
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 26, 1967
 46 
Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray
(Engineer)
Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1856
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: May 1, 1927
 47 
Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet
(British Civil Engineer Who Helped Design and Build the Underground London Metropolitan Railway)
Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet
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Birthdate: July 15, 1817
Birthplace: Wadsley, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: November 20, 1898

Civil engineer Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet is best remembered for constructing the London Metropolitan Railway and for co-constructing Scotland’s Forth Bridge. He had also worked in Egypt and was the youngest to serve as the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His works also included locomotives and hydro-electric schemes.

 48 
Marina Popovich
(Colonel)
Marina Popovich
1
Birthdate: July 20, 1931
Birthplace: Western Oblast, Russia
Died: November 30, 2017
 49 
Jerome H. Lemelson
(Engineer)
Jerome H. Lemelson
3
Birthdate: July 18, 1923
Birthplace: Staten Island
Died: October 1, 1997
 50 
Dankmar Adler
(American Architect and Civil Engineer Best Known for His Fifteen-Year Partnership with 'Louis Sullivan')
Dankmar Adler
1
Birthdate: July 3, 1844
Birthplace: Stadtlengsfeld, Thuringia, Germany
Died: April 16, 1900

Dankmar Adler was a German-born American civil engineer and architect best remembered for his 15-year association with Louis Sullivan. Along with Sullivan, Adler is credited with designing important edifices, such as the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, the Wainwright Building in Missouri, and the Guaranty Building in New York.