Electrical Engineers

Electrical engineering may refer to a particular branch of engineering that is related to the study of electricity, electromagnetism, the designing of circuitry equipment, machine control, power generation and electronics. Electrical engineering became a subject of academic interest to the scientific community, during the 17th century and one of the first electrical engineers known to the world was, William Gilbert. This field basically refers to the practical applications of electricity, which evolved and intensified during the 19th century, after commercialization. Electrical engineering coves a wide spectrum of other branches like, digital computer technologies, signal processing, telecommunications, power engineering, control systems and electronic engineering among many others. The field of electrical engineering also has many sub-disciplines and some of them include, power engineering, control engineering, radio frequency engineering, electronic engineering, microelectronics and instrumentation engineering among many others. The field of electrical engineering is one of the most challenging, rapidly growing and exciting fields to work in or study, as it has proven to make a significant impact in the modern society. Here is a list of the world’s most famous electrical engineers, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla.
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
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 Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella.
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Famous As: Chairman & CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive, currently serving as the chief executive officer of Microsoft. Since he became CEO, the company has seen a 27% annual growth rate. Born in India to a Telugu-speaking family, Nadella serves as an inspiration to millions of Indians who nurse 'The American Dream'.

 3 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell.
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 4 Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara.
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: October 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Grant Masaru Imahara, a Japanese-American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host and actor, began his career at Lucasfilm, where he got involved with several big budget films including Star War franchise. Later, he joined MythBusters as a member of Build Tea and was well-known for his contribution in it. His other important works include White Rabbit Project, BattleBots, Star Trek Continues etc.

 5 John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird.
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helensburgh
Died: June 14, 1946

Scottish inventor, electrical engineer, and innovator, John Logie Baird, is best known for demonstrating a working TV system in 1926. He then went on to invent the first viable purely electronic color TV picture tube and founded the Baird Television Development Company. He was inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.

 6 William Edwards Deming

W. Edwards Deming.
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Famous As: Statistician, Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: October 14, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sioux City
Died: December 20, 1993

Born to a lawyer, William Edwards Deming grew up to become a renowned mathematical physicist and later taught statistics at the New York University. His research focused on the application of statistical methods to improve quality control in various industries. His ideas were later widely used by Japanese corporates.

 7 Elon Musk

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
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.

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 8 W. Edwards Deming

W. Edwards Deming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 14, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sioux City
Died: December 20, 1993

 9 Loni Love

Loni Love
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 10 Paul Dirac

Paul Dirac.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: October 20, 1984

English theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Paul Dirac OM FRS, counted among leading physicists of the 20th century, made fundamental contributions in the early development of quantum electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. He derived the Dirac equation while the modern theory of antimatter began with one of his papers. His book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics remains an influential monograph on the subject.

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 11 N. R. Narayana Murthy

N. R. Narayana Murthy.
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mysore

N. R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian businessman who is credited with co-founding one of the most popular and successful Indian multinational corporations, Infosys. While Fortune magazine named him as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Time magazine called him the father of the Indian IT sector. Murthy serves as an inspiration to aspiring businessmen in India.

 12 Garrett Camp

Garrett Camp.
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Famous As: Innovator & Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

 13 Lisa Su

Lisa Su
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tainan, Taiwan

Born in Taiwan, Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, moved to the US at age 3. Lisa eventually earned a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT. Named to the Forbes America’s Self-Made Women 2020 list, she is also the first woman recipient of the IEEE Robert Noyce Medal.

 14 Jensen Huang

Jensen Huang
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tainan, Taiwan

 15 Amar Bose

Amar Bose.
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer and Sound Engineer
Birthdate: November 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Died: July 12, 2013

 16 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 17 Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

 18 Martin Eberhard

Martin Eberhard
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 19 Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie
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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.

 20 Jerry Yang

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Famous As: Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
Birthdate: November 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taipei

 21 John Bardeen

John Bardeen.
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: January 30, 1991

 22 Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Engelbart
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: July 2, 2013

 23 Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson.
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Famous As: Inventor of the First Email System
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
Died: March 5, 2016

 24 Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 25 Jakov Kitarović

Jakov Kitarović
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia

 26 Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani.
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore

 27 Bruce McCandless II

Bruce McCandless II
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 21, 2017

 28 Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Repino, Russia
Died: May 5, 1995

 29 Charles K. Kao

Charles K. Kao.
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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.

 30 Jack Kilby

Jack Kilby.
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Famous As: Inventor of integrated circuit
Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jefferson City
Died: June 20, 2005

 31 Will Packer

Will Packer
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida

 32 Edwin Howard Armstrong

Edwin Howard Armstrong
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States
Died: February 1, 1954

 33 Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Charles Proteus Steinmetz
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Famous As: Mathematician, Electrical engineer, Engineer, Scientist, Inventor
Birthdate: April 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: October 26, 1923

 34 Granville Woods

Granville Woods.
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1910

Granville Woods was 10 when he began working at a machine shop, while continuing his studies at a night school. He grew up to become a steam locomotive engineer and earned the nickname the Black Edison for his countless inventions, most of which were related to electrical systems for railways.

 35 Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering.
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio
Died: November 25, 1958

 36 Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chippewa Falls
Died: October 5, 1996

 37 Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sudan

 38 Dennis Gabor

Dennis Gabor.
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Famous As: Father of Holography
Birthdate: June 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: February 8, 1979

Dennis Gabor was a Hungarian-British physicist and electrical engineer best remembered for inventing holography. His invention earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971. Gabor won several awards during his lifetime. After his demise, many awards are given in his honor. The Dennis Gabor Award and Gabor Medal are some of the awards that are named after him.

 39 Harry Nyquist

Harry Nyquist
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Famous As: Physicist, Computer scientist, Engineer, Statistician, Mathematician
Birthdate: February 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kil Municipality
Died: April 4, 1976

 40 Steven Sasson

Steven Sasson
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 41 John Ambrose Fleming

John Ambrose Fleming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 29, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lancaster, England
Died: April 18, 1945

John Ambrose Fleming was an English electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube and designing the radio transmitter with which the first transatlantic radio transmission was made. Along with  Douglas Dewar and Bernard Acworth, he helped establish the Evolution Protest Movement. Fleming was also a noted photographer and artist. 

 

 42 J. Presper Eckert

J. Presper Eckert
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: April 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 3, 1995

 43 An Wang

An Wang.
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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.

 44 Godfrey Hounsfield

Godfrey Hounsfield.
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Famous As: Developer of X-ray computed tomography
Birthdate: August 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Died: August 12, 2004

 45 Frederick Emmons Terman

Frederick Emmons Terman
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: June 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: English, Indiana, United States
Died: December 19, 1982

 46 Nick Holonyak

Nick Holonyak
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zeigler, Illinois, United States

 47 Elihu Thomson

Elihu Thomson
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: March 29, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester
Died: March 13, 1937

 48 Madman Muntz

Madman Muntz
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Famous As: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Electrical engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: January 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Elgin
Died: June 21, 1987

 49 Frank J. Sprague

Frank J. Sprague
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 25, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milford
Died: October 25, 1934

 50 Pavel Florensky

Pavel Florensky
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yevlakh, Azerbaijan
Died: December 8, 1943
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