Capricorn Engineers

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 1 James Watt

James Watt
Famous As: Inventor of Steam Engine
Birthdate: January 19, 1736
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 2 Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Humble, Texas, United States
Died: April 5, 1976

A multi-talented personality, Howard Hughes was one of the richest person of his time. A business tycoon, he made big investments in films and aviation industry. Passionate about flying, he set numerous flying records, and also risked his own life in process. Howard Hughes who inherited his family business and became millionaire at the age of 18, was later on troubled with mental illness and turned recluse.

 3 John DeLorean

John DeLorean
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: January 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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

Linus Torvalds
Famous As: Software Engineer
Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

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Hamza Bendelladj
Famous As: Computer engineer
Birthdate: January 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tizi Ouzou, Algeria

 6 Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 7 Atticus Ross

Atticus Ross
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England, UK

Atticus Ross is an English musician, composer, record producer, audio engineer, and songwriter. He is best known for his work with Trent Reznor; the duo has won prestigious awards, such as an Oscar for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Ross has also won a Golden Globe for his work in Soul.

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 8 Joseph Strauss

Joseph Strauss
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 9, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 9 Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 10 Sandford Fleming

Sandford Fleming
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 11 Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup
Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: December 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aarhus

 12 Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley
Famous As: key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s
Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 13 Alfredo Ferrari

Alfredo Ferrari
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956

 14 Tony Hoare

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

 15 Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear
Famous As: Inventor, Chemist, Engineer
Birthdate: December 29, 1800
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Haven
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.

 16 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos
Famous As: Founder of
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 17 Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw
Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: January 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United Kingdom

Tim Shaw is a British TV presenter, radio host, and engineer. He is best known for conducting scientific experiments on the streets as part of his popular TV show Street Genius for the National Geographic channel. He is also known for his radio programs, such as Tim Shaw's Asylum for which he has won several awards.

 18 Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore
Famous As: Guitarist, Audio engineer
Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gadsden
Died: June 28, 2016

 19 Ray Dolby

Ray Dolby
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 20 Joseph M. Juran

Joseph M. Juran
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 28, 2008

 21 George Cayley

George Cayley
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 27, 1773
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 22 John Bradfield

John Bradfield
Famous As: Designer of Sydney Harbour Bridge
Birthdate: December 26, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 23 Marco Minnemann

Marco Minnemann
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany

 24 Don Norman

Don Norman
Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist, Psychologist, Writer
Birthdate: December 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United States of America

 25 Tommy Flowers

Tommy Flowers
Famous As: Technician, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 22, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 26 Martin Birch

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

 27 Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 28 No Kum-sok

No Kum-sok
Famous As: Engineer, Aviator
Birthdate: January 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sinhung, North Korea

 29 Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone
Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer, Music executive, Violinist
Birthdate: January 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 30 Robin Guthrie

Robin Guthrie
Famous As: Record producer, Composer, Audio engineer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 31 John Garand

John Garand
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: January 1, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 32 Gustave Whitehead

Gustave Whitehead
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: January 1, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leutershausen
Died: October 10, 1927

 33 Krishna Bharat

Krishna Bharat
Famous As: computer scientist, engineer
Birthdate: January 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangalore

 34 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar

Raghunath Anant Mashelkar
Famous As: Engineer, Scientist
Birthdate: January 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goa

Deeply connected with Indian innovation movement, Raghunath Anant Mashelkar is especially known for his contributions to transport phenomena. Throughout his career, he had held important positions, including the post of the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. He also chaired many important national committees, investigating diverse issues like drug regulatory system and national auto fuel policy.

 35 Kevin A. Lynch

Kevin A. Lynch
Famous As: architect, university teacher
Birthdate: January 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: April 25, 1984

 36 Hugh Lofting

Hugh Lofting
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 37 Bruce Fairbairn

Bruce Fairbairn
Famous As: Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 38 Yang Xiaobo

Yang Xiaobo
Famous As: Structural Engineer
Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 39 Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks
Famous As: Roboticist
Birthdate: December 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 40 Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne
Famous As: Columnist, Editor
Birthdate: December 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 41 Wael Ghonim

Wael Ghonim
Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: December 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 42 Claude Chappe

Claude Chappe
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 25, 1763
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brûlon, Sarthe, France
Died: January 23, 1805

 43 Étienne Lenoir

Étienne Lenoir
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: January 12, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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. 

 44 Franz Josef Popp

Franz Josef Popp
Famous As: Engineer, Manager, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 45 David Braben

David Braben
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Engineer, Game designer
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 46 ElectroBOOM

Famous As: Electrical engineer and YouTuber
Birthdate: January 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iran

 47 Abraham-Louis Breguet

Abraham-Louis Breguet
Famous As: Horologist
Birthdate: January 10, 1747
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 48 Winnie Byanyima

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

 49 Andy Johns

Andy Johns
Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Epsom, Surrey, England
Died: April 7, 2013

 50 Camille Jordan

Camille Jordan
Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, Professor
Birthdate: January 5, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.