Gemini Engineers

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 1 E. Sreedharan

E. Sreedharan
Famous As: Metro Man
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Birthplace: Palakkad, Kerala

E. Sreedharan is an Indian politician and engineer who played a key role in the construction of the Delhi Metro and the Konkan Railway. Nicknamed the Metro Man, Sreedharan was honored with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan Award for changing the face of Indian public transport. In 2003, E. Sreedharan was included in Time magazine's list of Asia's Heroes.

 2 George Stephenson

George Stephenson
Famous As: Father of Railways
Birthdate: June 9, 1781
Birthplace: Wylam
Died: August 12, 1848

George Stephenson was a British mechanical and civil engineer. Stephenson is credited with pioneering rail transport which is widely regarded as one of the most prominent inventions of the 19th century. Regarded as the Father of Railways, George Stephenson is also credited with developing the standard rail gauge which is used by several railways around the world.

 3 John Bardeen

John Bardeen
Famous As: Engineer and Physicist
Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 30, 1991

American engineer, physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen is the only person who received the Nobel Prize in Physics twice. He shared the first Nobel with William Shockley and Walter Brattain in 1956 for inventing the transistor, and the second with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer in 1972 for proposing the BCS theory, a microscopic theory of superconductivity.

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 4 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

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.

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 5 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: June 10, 1972
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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 John A. Roebling

John A. Roebling
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 12, 1806
Birthplace: Mühlhausen, Germany
Died: July 22, 1869

 7 John Smeaton

John Smeaton
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: June 8, 1724
Birthplace: Austhorpe, Leeds, England
Died: October 28, 1792

John Smeaton was the first person to claim to be a civil engineer. One of his best-known creations was the Eddystone Lighthouse. He was also the first to use hydraulic lime in concrete. He not only won the Copley Medal but was also made a Fellow of The Royal Society.

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 8 Piero Ferrari

Piero Ferrari
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer
Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Birthplace: Castelvetro di Modena

 9 Dennis Gabor

Dennis Gabor
Famous As: Father of Holography
Birthdate: June 5, 1900
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.

 10 Washington Roebling

Washington Roebling
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: May 26, 1837
Birthplace: Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 21, 1926

Engineer Washington Roebling is largely remembered for co-designing the Brooklyn Bridge with his father, John Augustus. He also worked as part of the Union Army during the Civil War. A perfectionist, he was once found unconscious in a compressed-air chamber at work, and that affected him permanently.

 11 Frank Whittle

Frank Whittle
Famous As: Engineer, Inventor, Royal Air Force Air Officer
Birthdate: June 1, 1907
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: August 9, 1996

Aviation engineer Frank Whittle entered the Royal Air Force as an apprentice and rose through the ranks to become a pilot. He invented the jet engine, though his idea of a plane that could fly at a phenomenal speed was initially laughed at. He was later knighted for his achievements.

 12 Clyde Klotz

Clyde Klotz
Famous As: Production Designer
Birthdate: June 8, 1961
Birthplace: Canada
Canadian art director/production designer Clyde Klotz is better known as The X Files actor Gillian Anderson’s first husband. Klotz has worked on several movies and shows, such as 50 Shades of Grey and 21 Jump Street. Anderson and Klotz had tied the knot in a Buddhist ceremony in Hawaii.

 13 Burt Rutan

Burt Rutan
Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 17, 1943
Birthplace: Estacada

 14 Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson
Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: June 8, 1772
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 12, 1850

Glasgow-born civil engineer Robert Stevenson initially built lighthouses as part of the Scottish Lighthouse Board. Apart from constructing the Bell Rock Lighthouse in Scotland, he also invented the hydrophore and flashing lights. He was also the grandfather of writer Robert Louis Stevenson. He is part of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

 15 Marc Tarpenning

Marc Tarpenning
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 1, 1964
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 16 Robert Moog

Robert Moog
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 23, 1934
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. 

 17 Ward Cunningham

Ward Cunningham
Famous As: Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Birthplace: United States of America

 18 Bruce McCandless II

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

 19 Otto Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal
Famous As: Known for successful gliding experiments
Birthdate: May 23, 1848
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany
Died: August 10, 1896

 20 Pier Luigi Nervi

Pier Luigi Nervi
Famous As: Engineer, Architect, Civil engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 21, 1891
Birthplace: Sondrio
Died: January 9, 1979
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 21 Sadi Carnot

Sadi Carnot
Famous As: Physicist and Father of Thermodynamics
Birthdate: June 1, 1796
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 24, 1832

Son of French Revolutionary leader and mathematician Lazare Carnot, Sadi Carnot was an engineer in the French army. He later laid down the Carnot cycle of heat engines. Much of his works were buried with him when he died of cholera at 36, due to the contagiousness of the disease.

 22 Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: May 24, 1878
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: January 2, 1972
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 23 James B. Eads

James B. Eads
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 23, 1820
Birthplace: Lawrenceburg, Indiana, United States
Died: March 8, 1887

Engineer James B. Eads spent most of his early life marine-salvaging along the Mississippi. Apart from building submarines, he also owned over 50 patents. He is best remembered for his triple-arch steel bridge over the Mississippi. He was the first American engineer to win the Royal Society of Arts’s Albert Medal.

 24 Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani
Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Birthplace: Bangalore

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is also the man behind the Indian biometric ID Aadhaar. Named to the Forbes list of India’s Richest in 2021, he also once teamed up with Ratan Tata to form Avanti Finance to help the poor get loans. He unsuccessfully contested as a Congress candidate, too.

 25 Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin
Famous As: Computer scientist, Novelist
Birthdate: June 11, 1970
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 26 James McDivitt

James McDivitt
Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: June 10, 1929
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 27 Craig Federighi

Craig Federighi
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 27, 1969
Birthplace: San Leandro, California, United States

 28 Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis

Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 21, 1792
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 19, 1843

French mathematician and physicist Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis proposed what is now known as Coriolis force. While teaching at the École Polytechnique, Paris, he extended the scope of kinetic energy. His On the Calculation of Mechanical Action remains his most significant book. His name remains inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.

 29 Jordan Mechner

Jordan Mechner
Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Birthplace: New York City

 30 Sergey Sobyanin

Sergey Sobyanin
Famous As: Engineer, Jurist, Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1958
Birthplace: Nyaksimvol

 31 Milutin Milanković

Milutin Milanković
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 28, 1879
Birthplace: Dalj, Croatia
Died: December 12, 1958

 32 Shuji Nakamura

Shuji Nakamura
Famous As: Electronic engineer and prolific inventor specializing in the field of semiconductor technology
Birthdate: May 22, 1954
Birthplace: Ikata, Ehime, Japan

 33 Tim Paterson

Tim Paterson
Famous As: Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: June 1, 1956

 34 Nigel Gresley

Nigel Gresley
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 19, 1876
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: April 5, 1941

Nigel Gresley designed some of Britain’s most famous steam locomotive engines. He also invented the Gresley conjugated valve gear, which smoothened the running of engines. His A4 Mallard was the world’s fastest steam locomotive. He later won honors such as the CBE and was also knighted.

 35 Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper
Famous As: Computer scientist, Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1952
Birthplace: San Francisco

 36 William Wesley Peters

William Wesley Peters
Famous As: Engineer, Architect
Birthdate: June 12, 1912
Birthplace: Indiana
Died: July 17, 1991
After spending 2 years at MIT, William Wesley Peters joined Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship, becoming his apprentice. He married Wright's step-daughter, Svetlana. He played a major role in designing the Guggenheim Museum and later chaired Taliesin Associated Architects. He also taught at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

 37 Ben Rich

Ben Rich
Famous As: American engineer
Birthdate: June 18, 1925
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: January 5, 1995

Known as "the father of stealth," Ben Rich made a significant contribution to the development of the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter-bomber. Throughout his stint at Lockheed’s Skunk Works, he helped develop numerous military planes. The UCLA alumnus later received the Distinguished Service Cross for his work.

 38 Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: April 15, 1912

 39 Charles Algernon Parsons

Charles Algernon Parsons
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 13, 1854
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 11, 1931

Copley Medal-winning engineer Charles Algernon Parsons revolutionized marine transport with his invention of a multi-stage steam turbine. His other inventions include a mechanical reducing gear. Apart from being named a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was also knighted and awarded an Order of Merit for his contributions.

 40 Alfonso Bialetti

Alfonso Bialetti
Famous As: Engineer who became famous for the invention of the Moka Express coffeemaker
Birthdate: June 17, 1888
Birthplace: Montebuglio, Italy
Died: March 4, 1970

 41 Richard Cobden

Richard Cobden
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 3, 1804
Birthplace: Heyshott, United Kingdom
Died: April 2, 1865

 42 Rob Pardo

Rob Pardo
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer
Birthdate: June 9, 1970

 43 Carl-Henric Svanberg

Carl-Henric Svanberg
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist
Birthdate: May 29, 1952
Birthplace: Porjus

Since 2012, Swedish businessman Carl-Henric Svanberg has led AB Volvo, the global trucks and construction equipment manufacturer, as its chairman. Previously he worked as the chairman of British oil and gas company BP plc and CEO of the Swedish telecommunication company Ericsson. Still earlier, as CEO, he led the Assa Abloy Group to become a global leader in its industry.

 44 Blake Ross

Blake Ross
Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer, Blogger
Birthdate: June 12, 1985
Birthplace: Miami

 45 Frederick Emmons Terman

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

 46 Peter Madsen

Peter Madsen
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 12, 1942
Birthplace: Denmark

 47 Percy Hobart

Percy Hobart
Famous As: Military Engineer
Birthdate: June 14, 1885
Birthplace: Nainital, India
Died: February 19, 1957

 48 Aung San Oo

Aung San Oo
Famous As: Aung San Suu Kyi's brother and Engineer
Birthdate: June 13, 1943
Birthplace: Yangon, Burma

 49 Hannes Alfvén

Hannes Alfvén
Famous As: Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 30, 1908
Birthplace: Norrköping
Died: April 2, 1995

Nobel Prize-winning Swedish electrical engineer Hannes Alfvén is best remembered for his research on plasma physics. He practically pioneered the field of magnetohydrodynamics, which deals with plasmas in magnetic fields. He also proposed the concept of plasma cosmology, challenging the big-bang model, and penned works such as Cosmic Plasma.

 50 Carl von Linde

Carl von Linde
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 11, 1842
Birthplace: Berndorf, Germany
Died: November 16, 1934