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 Satya Nadella

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Famous As: CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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'.

 2 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
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.

 3 Elon Musk

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American, South African

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.

 4 Nikola Tesla

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Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, American
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.

 5 William Edwards Deming

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

 6 Lisa Su

Lisa Su
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Taiwanese, American

 7 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 8 Thomas Massie

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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 9 Nandan Nilekani

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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 10 John Bardeen

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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 30, 1991
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 11 Douglas Engelbart

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 2, 2013

 12 Edwin Howard Armstrong

Edwin Howard Armstrong
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 1, 1954

 13 Ray Tomlinson

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Famous As: Inventor of the First Email System
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 2016

 14 Bruce McCandless II

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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 21, 2017

 15 Charles K. Kao

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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese, British, American
Died: September 23, 2018

 16 Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
Died: May 5, 1995

 17 Jack Kilby

Jack Kilby
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Famous As: Inventor of integrated circuit
Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 20, 2005

 18 Will Packer

Will Packer
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 19 Charles F. Kettering

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

 20 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
Nationality: German, American
Died: October 26, 1923

 21 Granville Woods

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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 30, 1910

 22 John Ambrose Fleming

John Ambrose Fleming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 29, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 18, 1945

 23 Seymour Cray

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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 1996

 24 Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 25 Dennis Gabor

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

 26 Harry Nyquist

Harry Nyquist
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Famous As: Physicist, Computer scientist, Engineer, Statistician, Mathematician
Birthdate: February 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Swedish, American
Died: April 4, 1976

 27 Steven Sasson

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 28 J. Presper Eckert

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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: April 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 1995

 29 An Wang

An Wang
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Famous As: Co-founder of Wang Laboratories
Birthdate: February 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese, American
Died: March 24, 1990

 30 Frederick Emmons Terman

Frederick Emmons Terman
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: June 7, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 19, 1982

 31 Godfrey Hounsfield

Godfrey Hounsfield
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Famous As: Developer of X-ray computed tomography
Birthdate: August 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: August 12, 2004

 32 Nick Holonyak

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 33 Elihu Thomson

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

 34 Madman Muntz

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Famous As: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Electrical engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: January 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 21, 1987

 35 Frank J. Sprague

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

 36 Pavel Florensky

Pavel Florensky
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 8, 1943

 37 C. L. Max Nikias

C. L. Max Nikias
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 38 Isamu Akasaki

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 39 Charles F. Brush

Charles F. Brush
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 17, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 15, 1929

 40 Arthur Nielsen

Arthur Nielsen
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Famous As: Market-research executive
Birthdate: September 5, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 1, 1980

 41 Carl Wilhelm Siemens

Carl Wilhelm Siemens
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: April 4, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, British
Died: November 19, 1883

 42 Alan Blumlein

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Famous As: Engineer, Audio engineer
Birthdate: June 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 7, 1942

 43 Edith Clarke

Edith Clarke
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1959

 44 Solomon W. Golomb

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 2016

 45 Marcian Hoff

Marcian Hoff
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Robert Michael White

Robert Michael White
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: July 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 17, 2010

 47 Walter H. Schottky

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 23, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: March 4, 1976

 48 Gideon Sundback

Gideon Sundback
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Famous As: American-Swedish electrical engineer
Birthdate: April 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swedish, American
Died: June 21, 1954

 49 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 26, 1923

 50 Max Mathews

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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: November 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2011
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