Electronics Engineers

Electronics engineering is one of the major disciplines of engineering and is currently one of the largest producers of engineers around the world. The field originated around the 19th century during the onset of the radio and the telephone industries and by the 1950s, the term electronics engineering was officially coined. The specialists/professionals who work in this field of engineering are generally proficient in a wide range of subjects including mathematics, project management, chemistry, and physics and use the fundamental disciplines of all these subjects in combination for the work they do. In this field, the engineers design and test circuits that use electromagnetic properties of electrical components such as capacitors, resistors, diodes and transistors and are also instrumental in construction circuit schematics. Currently, there are professional bodies all around the world who certify engineers to be called as professional electronics engineers such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. These bodies are some of the largest producers of electronics engineers (around 30%) in the world today. Here is a compilation of a list of famous electronics 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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Steve Wozniak
(Co-Founder of Apple Inc.)

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Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Widely recognized as one of the two important pioneers of the personal computer revolution, Steve Wozniak is credited with co-founding Apple Inc. along with Steve Jobs. Not surprisingly, he has been described as one of the men that changed the course of history through technology. Apart from being a programmer and technology entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak is also a well-known philanthropist.

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Martin Cooper
(Engineer)

Martin Cooper
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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.

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Ren Zhengfei
(CEO of Huawei)

Ren Zhengfei
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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.

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Mike Markkula
(Businessman)

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Birthdate: February 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Former Intel marketing manager Mike Markkula was able to retire at 32 with millions in his bank, owing to his intelligent stock trading decisions. He later became an angel investor for Steve Jobs’s Apple and also the company’s second CEO. He was later also associated with companies such as Echelon.

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Robert Noyce
(Co-inventor of the integrated circuit)

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Birthdate: December 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: June 3, 1990

American engineer Robert Noyce, who co-invented the integrated circuit, later gained the nickname the Mayor of Silicon Valley. The co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, Noyce is also said to have given Silicon Valley its name with his invention that included a silicon microchip. He was also a swimming champion.

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Jack Kilby
(Inventor of integrated circuit)

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Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jefferson City
Died: June 20, 2005

Nobel Prize-winning engineer Jack Kilby is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the integrated circuit. Born to an electrical engineer, he had his first brush with gadgets as an amateur radio operator. Initially a Texas Instruments employee, he later also taught at the Texas A&M University.

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Robert Moog
(Engineer)

Robert Moog
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Birthdate: May 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 21, 2005

Robert Moog was an engineering physicist widely regarded as the pioneer of electronic music.  He launched the first commercial synthesizer, the Moog synthesizer, in 1964. A few years later, he launched the Minimoog, which went on to become the most famous and influential synthesizer in history. He taught at the University of North Carolina in his later years. 

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 8 
Mo Ibrahim
(Entrepreneur)

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Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sudan

Telecom magnate Mo Ibrahim was born in Sudan and educated in Egypt and the U.K. His company Celtel International was one of the pioneers in the mobile phone industry in Africa and the Middle East. He was featured on Forbes’s billionaire’s list and offers scholarships for African students through his foundation.

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Shuji Nakamura
(Electronic engineer and prolific inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology)

Shuji Nakamura
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Birthdate: May 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ikata, Ehime, Japan

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Ray Dolby
(Engineer)

Ray Dolby
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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.

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Asuman Özdağlar
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Birthdate: December 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turkey

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Valdemar Poulsen
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Birthdate: November 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 23, 1942

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Allen B. DuMont
(Engineer)

Allen B. DuMont
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Birthdate: January 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 14, 1965

DuMont Television Network founder Allen B. DuMont is remembered for his development of the first commercial cathode-ray tube, later used as a receiver for the modern-day TV. He had first developed an interest in electronics while reading books on the subject while bedridden due to polio as a child.

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Derek Abbott
(Physicist)

Derek Abbott
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Birthdate: May 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Kensington, London, England

British-Australian physicist and engineer Derek Abbott also teaches at the University of Adelaide. He has been associated with many scientific journals and has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times. Abbott also worked on the baffling Somerton Man case, which remains unsolved to this day.

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Sir Isaac Shoenberg
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Birthdate: March 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pinsk, Belarus
Died: January 25, 1963

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Nobutoshi Kihara
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Birthdate: October 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 13, 2011

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Louis Alan Hazeltine
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Birthdate: August 7, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 24, 1964

Electrical engineer and physicist Louis Alan Hazeltine is best remembered for his invention of the neutrodyne circuit, which contributed to the development of commercial radio. The Hazeltine Corporation founder was also a US Navy consultant and had taught at his alma, the Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Erich Zepler
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Birthdate: January 27, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Herford, Germany
Died: May 13, 1980

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Sunil Abeyesundere
(Engineer)

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Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka