Famous Chinese Engineers

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 1 Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng
Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chaoyang, Shantou

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

 2 Ren Zhengfei

Ren Zhengfei
Famous As: CEO of Huawei
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zhenning Buyei and Miao Autonomous County, Anshun, China

Ren Zhengfei is a Chinese engineer and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Huawei, the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones and the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. He also serves as the CEO of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. In 2005, Ren Zhengfei was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 3 Charles K. Kao

Charles K. Kao
Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 23, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning Chinese physicist Charles K. Kao is best remembered for his discovery of how light is transmitted through fibre-optic cables. Named the Godfather of Broadband, he was also knighted by the U.K. Following his diagnosis of Alzheimer disease, he co-founded the Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease.

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 4 Ohno Taiichi

Ohno Taiichi
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China
Died: May 28, 1990

Japanese businessman and industrial engineer Ohno Taiichi is remembered for his efforts toward the reduction of muda, or waste, and the implementation of the kanban, or just-in-time system in Toyota. His popular books on manufacturing include Toyota Production System and Just-in-Time for Today and Tomorrow.

 5 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.

 6 An Wang

An Wang
Famous As: Co-founder of Wang Laboratories
Birthdate: February 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China,
Died: March 24, 1990

Born in Shanghai, An Wang studied electrical engineering before moving to Harvard to get his PhD. The Wang Laboratories co-founder is remembered for inventing the magnetic core memory, which was the main component of computers till the invention of the microchip. He also developed many word-processing systems.

 7 Duan Zhengcheng

Duan Zhengcheng
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zhenjiang, China
Died: February 15, 2020

Chinese industrial engineer Duan Zhengcheng initially taught at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, his alma. An avid inventor, too, he studied manufacturing and automation of machinery. He was part of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He died of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, at age 85, in 2020.

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 8 Sun Yun-suan

Sun Yun-suan
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Penglai, China
Died: February 15, 2006

An engineer-turned-politician, Sun Yun-suan had served as the Premier of the Republic of China. He turned the small island of Taiwan into an industrial hub, from a mere agriculture-oriented nation. He spearheaded the export of plastic toys, clothes, petrochemicals, and machine tools. He also headed the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria.

 9 Wei Mengbian

Wei Mengbian
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: 0340 AD
Birthplace: China

Believed to be the Director of Imperial Workshops during the reign of Shi Hu, a Later Zhao period emperor, Wei Mengbian devised numerous wheeled vehicles along with Palace Officer Xie Fei. Among their inventions was a cart mill, which grinded wheat as the cart moved forward and a twenty-foot long four-wheeled carriage, decorated with water sprouting dragons.