Capricorn Engineers

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 1 
James Watt
(Inventor of Steam Engine)

James Watt
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Birthdate: January 19, 1736
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: August 25, 1819
Eighteenth-century Scottish inventor James Watt developed the Newcomen steam engine, by inventing the Watt steam engine, which brough about the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world. He also co-owned the firm Boulton and Watt and laid down concepts such as horsepower and the watt, the SI unit of power.

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Kevin Systrom
(Co‑founder of Instagram)

Kevin Systrom
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Birthdate: December 30, 1983
Birthplace: Holliston, Massachusetts, United States

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Kevin Systrom is one of the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram. He resigned as the Instagram CEO in 2018. He was named to Forbes’s 30 under 30 list in 2014 and was one of the U.S’s richest entrepreneurs below 40 in 2016.

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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
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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 4 
Linus Torvalds
(Software Engineer, Main developer of the Linux kernel)

Linus Torvalds
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Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds developed the open-source software Linux kernel, the Git system, and the scuba dive planning software Subsurface. Named to Time 100 and inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, he has also written an autobiography. He is married to Finnish karate champion Tove Torvalds.

 5 
Martin Cooper
(Engineer)

Martin Cooper
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Birthdate: December 26, 1928
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Electrical engineer Martin Cooper had initially served the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. He later joined Motorola and pioneered many inventions in wireless communications. The Charles Stark Draper Prize winner also invented the world’s first mobile phone and made the first cell phone call.

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Joseph Strauss
(Engineer)

Joseph Strauss
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Birthdate: January 9, 1870
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: May 16, 1938

Best known for designing the Golden Gate Bridge, engineer Joseph Strauss specialized in movable bridges and developed the concepts of the bascule bridge and the vertical-lift bridge. Born to a pianist mother and a painter-writer father, he later also penned poems such as The Mighty Task is Done.

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Thomas Massie
(Inventor)

Thomas Massie
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Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, United States

Conservative libertarian Republican Thomas Massie is the US Representative from Kentucky's 4th district. Born to a beer distributor, he studied mechanical engineering at MIT and also co-owned a start-up. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he earned Donald Trump’s ire when he opposed a stimulus package to boost the American economy.

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 8 
George Meade
(Army Officer)

George Meade
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Birthdate: December 31, 1815
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: November 6, 1872

George Meade was a civil engineer and United States Army officer best remembered for decisively defeating Robert E. Lee in the American Civil War. After the war, he played an important role during the Reconstruction era. As a civil engineer, George Meade was involved in the construction of many lighthouses. 

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Sandford Fleming
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Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: July 22, 1915
Hailed as the Father of Standard Time, Canadian engineer ,Sandford Fleming, promoted worldwide standard time zones, a prime meridian, and the use of the 24-hour clock. He also designed Canada's first postage stamp and founded the Royal Canadian Institute in 1849. Fleming gained the reputation as one of the primary railway engineers and was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1897.

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Bjarne Stroustrup
(Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer, Writer, University teacher)

Bjarne Stroustrup
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Birthdate: December 30, 1950
Birthplace: Aarhus

Bjarne Stroustrup is a Danish computer scientist best known for his invention and development of the popular C++ general-purpose programming language. He is currently working as a managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York, apart from serving as a visiting professor at the prestigious Columbia University. 

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Alfredo Ferrari
(Engineer)

Alfredo Ferrari
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Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956

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Owsley Stanley
(key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s)

Owsley Stanley
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Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Died: March 12, 2011

Owsley Stanley was an American clandestine chemist and audio engineer. During the 1960s Stanley played an important role in the Bay Area hippie movement and the counterculture of the decade. As the sound engineer of the Grateful Dead, Stanley developed the band's famous Wall of Sound, one of the largest transportable public address systems ever built.

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Charles Goodyear
(Inventor of Vulcanized Rubber)

Charles Goodyear
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Birthdate: December 29, 1800
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1, 1860

Charles Goodyear was an American manufacturing engineer and self-taught chemist who developed vulcanized rubber. He invented the chemical process to manufacture pliable, moldable, and waterproof rubber which revolutionized the automobile industry. In 1976, Charles Goodyear was inducted posthumously into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Tony Hoare
(Computer scientist)

Tony Hoare
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Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tony Hoare is a British computer scientist who is credited with developing the sorting algorithm quicksort. He is also credited with developing Hoare logic, a formal system for verifying program correctness. Over the years, Tony Hoare has received several prestigious awards for his contribution to computer science.

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Jeff Bezos
(The Founder & Executive Chairman of Amazon)

Jeff Bezos
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Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

The founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon, Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world. Jeff, who left his lucrative job at an investment firm to fulfil his entrepreneurial ambition, also owns the newspaper, The Washington Post, and its affiliate publications along with a spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

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Ray Dolby
(Engineer)

Ray Dolby
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Birthdate: January 18, 1933
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: September 12, 2013

A Stanford engineer and a Cambridge PhD, Ray Dolby had first experimented with electronic gadgets while working part-time for Ampex in his teenage years. The Dolby Laboratories founder later pioneered the surround sound technology in movies and the noise-reduction system in tapes. His honors include an Emmy and two Academy Awards.

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Scotty Moore
(Guitarist, Audio engineer)

Scotty Moore
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Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Birthplace: Gadsden
Died: June 28, 2016

 18 
Hamza Bendelladj
(Computer engineer)

Hamza Bendelladj
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Birthdate: January 1, 1988
Birthplace: Tizi Ouzou, Algeria

 19 
John Bradfield
(Designer of Sydney Harbour Bridge)

John Bradfield
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Birthdate: December 26, 1867
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland
Died: September 23, 1943

John Bradfield was an Australian engineer remembered for envisioning the Sydney Harbour Bridge; he oversaw the design and the construction of the bridge, which is now considered a major landmark in Sydney. He was also associated with many other notable projects, such as the Cataract Dam, Brisbane's Story Bridge, and Burrinjuck Dam. He received many prestigious awards during his lifetime.

 20 
Joseph M. Juran
(Engineer)

Joseph M. Juran
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Birthdate: December 24, 1904
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 28, 2008

 21 
George Cayley
(Engineer)

George Cayley
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Birthdate: December 27, 1773
Birthplace: Scarborough, England
Died: December 15, 1857

British engineer and inventor George Cayley was a pioneer of aeronautics and aviation. He designed the world’s first glider that could successfully carry a human being. He was also a prominent Whig and had contributed to the formation of what is now known as the University of Westminster.

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No Kum-sok
(Engineer, Aviator)

No Kum-sok
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Birthdate: January 10, 1932
Birthplace: Sinhung, North Korea

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Marco Minnemann
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Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany

 24 
Don Norman
(Engineer, Computer scientist, Psychologist, Writer)

Don Norman
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Birthdate: December 25, 1935
Birthplace: United States of America

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Tommy Flowers
(Technician, Engineer, Computer scientist)

Tommy Flowers
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Birthdate: December 22, 1905
Birthplace: Poplar
Died: October 28, 1998

Born to a bricklayer in London’s East End, Tommy Flowers completed his studies in electrical engineering attending night classes while working as an apprentice during the day. He developed Max Newman’s model of a machine that had the potential to decipher German codes and turned it into his Colossus computer.

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Nevil Shute
(Best Known for His Novels, Which Often Have an Aviation Theme)

Nevil Shute
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Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Birthplace: Ealing, Middlesex , England
Died: January 12, 1960

British-Australian novelist Nevil Shute was also an aeronautical engineer and had fought in World War I. Of the 25 books he had penned throughout his lifetime, On the Beach remains one of the most notable. Most of his works reflected his cynicism regarding humanity in a war-ravaged society.

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Martin Birch
(Sound Engineer)

Martin Birch
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Birthdate: December 27, 1948
Birthplace: United Kingdom

Initially an audio engineer, Martin Birch, known as a master of hard rock, later produced 10 Iron Maiden albums. He also worked with artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple. Interestingly, the cause of his death, at age 71, was not disclosed to the public.

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Phil Ramone
(Recording engineer, Record producer, Composer, Violinist)

Phil Ramone
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Birthdate: January 5, 1934
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: March 30, 2013

Phil Ramone was a South African-born American record producer, recording engineer, violinist, and composer. He is credited with co-founding A & R Recording Inc., which went on to become a major independent studio recording company in the United States of America. He is also credited with introducing optical surround sound for films. Ramone won 14 Grammy Awards during his career.

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Lynn Conway
(Transgender Activist & Computer Scientist Who Initiated The Mead-Conway VLSI Chip Design Revolution)

Lynn Conway
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Birthdate: January 2, 1938
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States

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John Garand
(Designer)

John Garand
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Birthdate: January 1, 1888
Birthplace: St. Rémi, Quebec, Canada
Died: February 16, 1974

One of his parents’ 12 children, Canadian-born John Garand moved to the U.S. with his father and siblings after his mother’s death. He went from working in a textile mill as a child to creating the semi-automatic rifle M1 Garand, used widely by the U.S. military in World War II.

 31 
Gustave Whitehead
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)

Gustave Whitehead
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Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Birthplace: Leutershausen
Died: October 10, 1927

 32 
Krishna Bharat
(computer scientist, engineer)

Krishna Bharat
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Birthdate: January 7, 1970
Birthplace: Bangalore

 33 
Kevin A. Lynch
(architect, university teacher)

Kevin A. Lynch
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Birthdate: January 7, 1918
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 25, 1984

 34 
Bruce Fairbairn
(Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer)

Bruce Fairbairn
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Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: May 17, 1999
Bruce Fairbairn was a Canadian musician and international record producer whose style was notable for introducing dynamic horn arrangements into rock music productions. A classically trained trumpet player, Fairbairn gave many hits like Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Big Ones, Loverboy’s albums among others. He also established Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver.

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Hugh Lofting
(Author)

Hugh Lofting
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Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Birthplace: Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Died: September 26, 1947

Though a qualified civil engineer from MIT, Hugh Lofting is best remembered for writing the Dr. Dolittle series of children’s classics, which created a cult character and also inspired several movies. His only work for adults was the war poem Victory for the Slain, which depicted the futility of war.

 36 
Rodney Brooks
(Roboticist)

Rodney Brooks
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Birthdate: December 30, 1954
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian-American roboticist Rodney Brooks is known for popularizing the concept of behavioral robotics and making autonomous robots. The Stanford alumnus has also been associated with Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. Allen and Baxter remain two of his most popular intelligent robots. He also designed Cog, a robot meant to learn through interaction.

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Robin Guthrie
(Record producer, Composer, Audio engineer, Songwriter)

Robin Guthrie
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Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Birthplace: Grangemouth

Part of the Scottish band Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie and his guitar made serious waves in the alternate music scene of the 1980s. He also performed as part of Violet Indiana and has often collaborated with American pianist Harold Budd. He later also stepped into music production.

 38 
Andrew Coyne
(Columnist, Editor)

Andrew Coyne
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Birthdate: December 23, 1960
Birthplace: Ottawa

Andrew Coyne is a Canadian columnist who has worked with popular publications like Maclean's and National Post. He is currently working for The Globe and Mail. In 1994, Andrew Coyne was honored by the Public Policy Forum with the prestigious Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

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Wael Ghonim
(Computer Engineer)

Wael Ghonim
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Birthdate: December 23, 1980
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

Wael Ghonim is an Egyptian computer engineer and Internet activist best known for his work in the field of social entrepreneurship. In 2011, Ghonim achieved international fame when his emotional interview led to the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The same year, Ghonim was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list. He also received the JFK Profile in Courage Award.   

 40 
David Braben
(Entrepreneur, Programmer, Engineer, Game designer)

David Braben
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Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Birthplace: Basford

Born to a physicist, David Braben was naturally fond of math and science in childhood. He later turned his childhood love for video games into the video-game company Frontier Developments, best known for its Elite series of games. He has also earned honors such as the OBE.

 41 
Claude Chappe
(Inventor)

Claude Chappe
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Birthdate: December 25, 1763
Birthplace: Brûlon, Sarthe, France
Died: January 23, 1805

 42 
Étienne Lenoir
(Inventor, Engineer)

Étienne Lenoir
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Birthdate: January 12, 1822
Birthplace: Luxembourg
Died: August 4, 1900

Étienne Lenoir was a Belgian-French engineer. He is credited with developing the internal combustion engine which was commercialized in sufficient quantities. Lenoir is also credited with inventing such electrical devices as an improved electric telegraph which played a key role during the Franco-Prussian War. 

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Franz Josef Popp
(Engineer, Manager, Entrepreneur)

Franz Josef Popp
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Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: July 29, 1954

One of the three men who founded the iconic automobile company BMW, Franz Josef Popp was an Austrian engineer. He spearheaded innovative projects such as the production of air-cooled radial engines. Though he later joined the Nazi Party, he was warned for allowing a Jewish doctor treat his family.

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Yang Xiaobo
(Structural Engineer)

Yang Xiaobo
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Birthdate: January 14, 1886, 1963
Birthplace: Tianmen, China
Died: January 28, 2020

Yang Xiaobo had been the mayor of Huangshi and was a qualified structural engineer. He also boasted of an MBA from the U.S. The Chinese Communist Party member, who had also been the president of the Central South Architectural Design Institute, died of COVID-19-induced pneumonia in Wuhan in 2020.

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Abraham-Louis Breguet
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Birthdate: January 10, 1747
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: September 17, 1823

Abraham-Louis Breguet was a French horologist who made several innovations in watchmaking in the course of his illustrious career. Widely regarded as the leading watchmaker of his generation, Breguet's clients included members of the European nobility and leading public figures in France. Counted among the greatest horologists of all time, Abraham-Louis Breguet is credited with founding the popular Breguet company.

 46 
Winnie Byanyima
(Engineer, Politician)

Winnie Byanyima
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Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda

 47 
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
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: April 21, 1996

 48 
Madman Muntz
(Businessperson)

Madman Muntz
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Birthdate: January 3, 1914
Birthplace: Elgin, Illinois, United States
Died: June 21, 1987

 49 
Robert Scoble
(Blogger, Writer, Computer scientist, Podcaster)

Robert Scoble
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Birthdate: January 18, 1965
Birthplace: New Jersey

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Camille Jordan
(Mathematician, Engineer, Professor)

Camille Jordan
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Birthdate: January 5, 1838
Birthplace: Lyon
Died: January 22, 1922

Camille Jordan was a French mathematician best remembered for his influential Cours d'analyse and his foundational work in group theory. He also served as an educator, teaching at prestigious institutions like the Collège de France and École Polytechnique. The asteroid 25593 Camillejordan is named in his honor.