Famous French Engineers

Find out more about the greatest French Engineers, including Gustave Eiffel, Henri Fayol, Gustave Caillebotte, Ettore Bugatti and Lazare Carnot.

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 1 Rudolf Diesel

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Famous As: Inventor of Diesel Engine
Birthdate: March 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1913

Rudolf Diesel was a German mechanical engineer and inventor best remembered for inventing the Diesel engine. After Diesel's demise, his engine became an important substitution for the steam piston engine. The engine became widespread in applications, such as agricultural machines, submarines, ships, and trucks. His life inspired the 1942 biographical film Diesel, in which he was played by Willy Birgel.

 2 Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti.
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 21, 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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 3 Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel.
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Famous As: Architect, Civil Engineer
Birthdate: December 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France
Died: December 27, 1923
The man behind the jewel that adorns Paris, the Eiffel Tower, French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel later earned the nickname “the magician of iron.” He revolutionized bridge-building by using compressed-air caissons, designed the Statue of Liberty, and built the first aerodynamic laboratory. He died while listening to Beethoven's 5th symphony.

 4 Henri Fayol

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Famous As: Industrialist, Management Thinker
Birthdate: July 29, 1841
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: November 19, 1925

Henri Fayol was a French mining engineer, author, mining executive, and director of mines. He is credited with developing a theory of business administration called Fayolism. Along with Frederick Winslow Taylor, Henri Fayol is credited with founding modern management methods.

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 5 Jacques Vallée

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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France

 6 Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban

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Famous As: Military engineer
Birthdate: May 1, 1633
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Léger-Vauban
Died: March 30, 1707

 7 Louis Blériot

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Famous As: Aviator, Engineer, Inventor, Aerospace engineer
Birthdate: July 1, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambrai
Died: August 2, 1936
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 8 Marcel Dassault

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Famous As: Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Aerospace engineer, Inventor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 18, 1986

 9 Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 14, 1825

 10 Marc Isambard Brunel

Marc Isambard Brunel
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 25, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hacqueville, Normandy, France
Died: December 12, 1849

French-British engineer Marc Isambard Brunel is best known for constructing the Thames Tunnel and had been the chief engineer of New York City. He had also spent time in a debtor’s prison for his association with loss-making projects. He was the father of renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

 11 Jean Bastien-Thiry

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Famous As: Engineer, Aerospace engineer, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lunéville
Died: March 11, 1963

 12 Marie François Sadi Carnot

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Famous As: Politician, Civil engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: August 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Limoges
Died: June 25, 1894

Integrity of French statesman Marie François Sadi Carnot led him to get elected as fourth president of the Third French Republic. He assumed office in 1887 at a critical juncture when the republic was almost openly attacked by General Boulanger. Carnot served as the President of France until he was assassinated by Italian anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio in 1894.

 13 Pierre Schaeffer

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Famous As: Composer, Radio personality, Engineer, Musicologist, Music educator, Music theorist, Music critic, Record producer
Birthdate: August 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nancy
Died: August 19, 1995

 14 Lazare Carnot

Lazare Carnot
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Famous As: Mathematician, Politician, Engineer, Officer, Physicist
Birthdate: May 13, 1753
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nolay
Died: August 2, 1823

 15 Fabrice Bellard

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Famous As: computer scientist, mathematician, engineer
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Grenoble

 16 Pierre Boulle

Pierre Boulle
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 20, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: January 30, 1994

 17 André Citroën

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Famous As: French industrialist
Birthdate: February 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 3, 1935

 18 Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 19 Jacques de Vaucanson

Jacques de Vaucanson
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: February 24, 1709
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grenoble
Died: November 21, 1782

 20 Étienne Lenoir

Étienne Lenoir
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: January 12, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Luxembourg
Died: August 4, 1900

 21 Abraham-Louis Breguet

Abraham-Louis Breguet
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Famous As: Horologist
Birthdate: January 10, 1747
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: September 17, 1823

 22 Camille Jordan

Camille Jordan
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Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, Professor
Birthdate: January 5, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon
Died: January 22, 1922

 23 Éric Chahi

Éric Chahi
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Famous As: Game designer
Birthdate: October 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerres

 24 Clément Ader

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Famous As: engineer, inventor, aerospace engineer
Birthdate: February 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Muret
Died: March 5, 1925

 25 Florence Devouard

Florence Devouard
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Famous As: Wikimedian co-founder
Birthdate: September 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles, France

 26 Octave Chanute

Octave Chanute
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: February 18, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 23, 1910

 27 Jean-Baptiste Biot

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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer, Civil engineer, Engineer, Professor
Birthdate: April 21, 1774
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: February 3, 1862

Jean-Baptiste Biot was a French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer. He was a co-discoverer of what became known as the Biot-Savart law of magnetostatics. He is also credited with establishing the reality of meteorites. He made major contributions to the fields of optics and magnetism as well. Cape Biot in eastern Greenland is named in his honor. 

 28 Charles Bedaux

Charles Bedaux
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: near Paris or Charonton, France
Died: February 18, 1944

 29 Georges Claude

Georges Claude
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Famous As: Chemist, Physicist, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: September 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 23, 1960

French engineer and inventor Georges Claude was often referred as the Edison of France. He is most noted for inventing and commercializing neon lighting and having a near monopoly on the new technology, for conducting an experiment to generate thermal energy of the ocean and building the first Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant, and for the Claude cycle.  

 30 Keren Ann

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Engineer, Singer, Audio engineer, Guitarist, Pianist, Record producer, Producer
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea Maritima

 31 Pierre Bézier

Pierre Bézier
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Famous As: Engineer, Mathematician, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: November 25, 1999

 32 Guy Béart

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Television producer, Television presenter, Engineer, Autobiographer, Film score composer
Birthdate: July 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo
Died: September 16, 2015

 33 Henry Darcy

Henry Darcy
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 10, 1803
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: January 3, 1858

 34 Villard de Honnecourt

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1200 AD
Birthplace: Picardy, France
Died: 1250 AD

 35 Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 21, 1792
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 19, 1843

 36 Robert Esnault-Pelterie

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Famous As: Aviation pioneer
Birthdate: November 8, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 6, 1957

 37 Alexandre Darracq

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Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: November 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 2, 1931

 38 Émile Baudot

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 11, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Magneux, France
Died: March 28, 1903

 39 Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play

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Famous As: Engineer, Sociologist and Economist
Birthdate: April 11, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Rivière-Saint-Sauveur, France
Died: April 5, 1882

 40 Raymond Aubrac

Raymond Aubrac
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: July 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vesoul, France
Died: April 10, 2012

 41 Paul Cornu

Paul Cornu
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Famous As: Engineers
Birthdate: June 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glos-la-Ferrière, La Ferté-en-Ouche, France
Died: June 6, 1944

 42 Gabriel Voisin

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belleville-sur-Saone, France
Died: December 25, 1973

 43 Alphonse Pénaud

Alphonse Pénaud
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: May 31, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1880

 44 Abraham Moles

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 22, 1992

 45 Eugène Freyssinet

Eugène Freyssinet
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Famous As: Structural engineer
Birthdate: July 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Objat, France
Died: June 8, 1962

 46 Georges Leclanché

Georges Leclanché
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 9, 1839
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 14, 1882

 47 Henri Farman

Henri Farman
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: May 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 17, 1958

 48 Girard Desargues

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 21, 1591
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: August 31, 1661

 49 Jules Dupuit

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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: May 18, 1804
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fossano, Italy
Died: September 5, 1866

Nineteenth-century French civil engineer and economist Jules Dupuit ascertained the economic issues associated with public works. He pioneered the use of the diminishing marginal utility curve, while finding out the optimum cost for using a bridge, and also explained what later came to be known as consumer surplus.

 50 Louis Charles Breguet

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Famous As: Aircraft designer
Birthdate: January 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 4, 1955