Engineers

If there has to be one class of professionals the whole of the world has to be grateful for, then it undoubtedly has to be engineers for there is no aspect of our lives that has not be made easier or better by these professionals. Engineers are basically the trained professionals who design the processes for and build products, machines and structures. Engineering is a vast field and there are several categories of engineers each devoted to one area of specialization. Civil engineers plan, design and construct infrastructure like roads, bridges, buildings, etc. while environmental engineers look at the environmental impact of engineering activities. Mechanical engineers comprise the broadest category of engineers and include manufacturing engineers, aerospace engineers, and acoustical engineers. There may be several types of engineers, but all engineers have one thing in common—they work to make our lives better by problem solving and designing new gadgets, processes and structures. To be a successful engineer one needs to be highly creative and possess trouble-shooting capabilities. Engineering is a challenging profession as engineers often have to operate under immense pressure, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Browse on to learn about the various famous engineers who have left their marks on the world.

 1 Elon Musk

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.

 2 Jeff Bezos

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Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 3 Bill Gates

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Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his wife use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

 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 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian, American

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

 6 Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey
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Famous As: CEO of Twitter Inc.
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

As the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey continues to influence the lives of millions around the world. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dorsey is credited with funding 600 public school projects in Missouri. A prolific donator, Jack Dorsey has donated $24 million as part of various relief efforts. He also donated $10 million to Boston University.

 7 Fredrik Neij

Fredrik Neij
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swedish
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 8 Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 25, 2012

The first person to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and aeronautical engineer. Prior to his trip to the Moon, he became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. After resigning from NASA, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee.

 9 Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit
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Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 10 Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 11 Gordon Cooper

Gordon Cooper
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Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator
Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 4, 2004

 12 Steve Wozniak

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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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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 13 Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: October 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese, American

 14 Dick Strawbridge

Dick Strawbridge
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: September 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 15 Shiva Ayyadurai

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Famous As: Inventor of Email
Birthdate: December 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur. He gained recognition after claiming to be the inventor of email, which is widely disputed even today. His claim is based on a software called EMAIL, which he wrote while studying at Livingston High School in the late-1970s. He is also known for his unfounded medical claims, including treatments for COVID-19.

 16 Henry Ford

Henry Ford
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: April 7, 1947

Business magnate and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is credited to have made the automobile an accessible conveyance for Americans in the 20th century. Following the success of his company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He also became known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I.

 17 Tim Cook

Tim Cook
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Apple
Birthdate: November 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Since taking over as the CEO of Apple, Inc. in 2011, till 2020, Tim Cook has, through his dedication, doubled its profits. He was the first Fortune 500 CEO to “come out” as gay, in 2014. A devoted philanthropist, Tim intends to donate most of his stocks to charity.

 18 Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin
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Listed In: Astronauts
Famous As: American engineer
Birthdate: January 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to set foot on the Moon, as the pilot of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. Aldrin has also been a U.S. Air Force officer and flew fighter jets in the Korean War.

 19 John McAfee

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Famous As: Computer Programmer
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

John McAfee is an English-American businessman and computer programmer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular software companies of all time, McAfee Associates, which specializes in producing enterprise security software. After leaving the company, which is now owned by TPG Capital and Intel, John McAfee went on to found other companies like Tribal Voice and Future Tense Central.

 20 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.

 21 Markus Persson

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Famous As: Video Game Programmer & Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swedish
Swedish game designer Markus Persson, also known by his pseudonym, Notch, created the sandbox video game Minecraft, which Microsoft later bought for $2.5 billion. He also founded the video game company Mojang. He was dragged into controversy for his “tweets” on feminism, race, and the LGBT community.

 22 John DeLorean

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

 23 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'.

 24 Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 25 Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Donald Kent Slayton

Donald Kent Slayton
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: March 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 13, 1993

 27 N. R. Narayana Murthy

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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

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.

 28 Shahid Khan

Shahid Khan
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Listed In: Investors, CEOs
Famous As: Business person
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani, American

 29 Lisa Su

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

 30 Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman
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Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist, Engineer
Birthdate: December 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 31 Sonu Sood

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 32 Linus Torvalds

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Famous As: Software Engineer
Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Finnish, American
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.

 33 Jan Koum

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Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

 34 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Dustin Moskovitz is an Internet entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular social networking service, Facebook. In 2008, he co-founded a web and mobile application called Asana after quitting Facebook. One of the youngest self-made billionaires of all time, Dustin Moskovitz is also renowned for his philanthropic activities; he co-founded a philanthropic organization called Good Ventures in 2011.

 35 Peter Madsen

Peter Madsen
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Danish

 36 Anatoly Dyatlov

Anatoly Dyatlov
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Famous As: Nuclear Engineer
Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ukrainian, Russian
Died: December 13, 1995

 37 Atticus Ross

Atticus Ross
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 38 Lisa Nowak

Lisa Nowak
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Listed In: Astronauts
Famous As: Naval flight officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Test pilot
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 39 Srinidhi Shetty

Srinidhi Shetty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 40 Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: April 9, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: September 15, 1859

English civil engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history." Considered a major figure of the Industrial Revolution, he built docks, a series of steamships, and many important bridges and tunnels. He was placed second in a BBC public poll to determine the "100 Greatest Britons" in 2002. 

 41 Guido van Rossum

Guido van Rossum
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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 42 Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney
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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Nationality: American

 43 Jensen Huang

Jensen Huang
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Taiwanese, American

 44 Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng
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Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese

 45 Vladimir Komarov

Vladimir Komarov
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Russian
Died: April 24, 1967

 46 George Hotz

George Hotz
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Famous As: Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 47 Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1986

 48 Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian

 49 Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt
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Famous As: Former CEO of Google
Birthdate: April 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 50 Wally Schirra

Wally Schirra
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Famous As: United States Naval Aviator, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Aviator, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: May 3, 2007
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