Libra Engineers

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 1 A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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Famous As: President of India (2002-07), Aerospace scientist
Birthdate: October 15, 1931
Birthplace: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: July 27, 2015
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th president, had earlier been an aerospace scientist at DRDO and ISRO. Known as the “People’s President” and the “Missile Man of India,” he was instrumental in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests. He died of a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong.

 2 Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: October 23, 1970
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Grant Masaru Imahara, a Japanese-American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host and actor, began his career at Lucasfilm, where he got involved with several big budget films including Star War franchise. Later, he joined MythBusters as a member of Build Tea and was well-known for his contribution in it. His other important works include White Rabbit Project, BattleBots, Star Trek Continues etc.

 3 Julie Payette

Julie Payette
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Famous As: Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: October 20, 1963
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Canadian engineer and astronaut Julie Payette has been the Governor General of Canada from 2017 to 2021. She was initially a research scientist and then joined the Canadian Space Agency, eventually completing two spaceflights. Payette resigned as governor general after a workplace review accused her of workplace harassment.
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 4 Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 2, 1914
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 17, 1952

Rocketry pioneer Jack Parsons is best remembered as one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also co-established the Aerojet Engineering Corporation and developed the first rocket engine that used a propellant. He was also known for his multiple sexual affairs and sex cult rituals.

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 5 Toby Fox

Toby Fox
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Famous As: Video Game Developer
Birthdate: October 11, 1991
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

Video game developer and composer Toby Fox is best known for developing the video games Deltarune and Undertale. He started composing music for webcomics while still in high school. As a video game developer, he created the video game Undertale independently and also released a number of unused musical tracks from the same.

 6 Robert Stephenson

Robert Stephenson
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Famous As: Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 16, 1803
Birthplace: Willington Quay
Died: October 12, 1859
English civil engineer and locomotive designer Robert Stephenson is remembered for his railroad bridges, the most notable of them being the Britannia Bridge. He was the only son of rail transport pioneer George Stephenson. He had also been a mining engineer in Colombia and was knighted in Belgium, France, and Norway.

 7 George Westinghouse

George Westinghouse
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 6, 1846
Birthplace: Central Bridge, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1914

Inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse was mostly responsible for introducing the U.S. to alternating current (AC). Initially part of the army and the navy, the talented engineer began his journey of inventions with the rotary steam engine and went on to invent several products, such as air brakes.

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 8 William Edwards Deming

William Edwards Deming
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Famous As: Statistician, Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: October 14, 1900
Birthplace: Sioux City
Died: December 20, 1993

Born to a lawyer, William Edwards Deming grew up to become a renowned mathematical physicist and later taught statistics at the New York University. His research focused on the application of statistical methods to improve quality control in various industries. His ideas were later widely used by Japanese corporates.

 9 Seymour Cray

Seymour Cray
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 28, 1925
Birthplace: Chippewa Falls
Died: October 5, 1996

 10 Fred C Koch

Fred C Koch
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Famous As: Chemical Engineer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 23, 1900
Birthplace: Quanah, Texas, United States
Died: November 17, 1967

 11 Garrett Camp

Garrett Camp
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Famous As: Innovator & Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Birthplace: Calgary

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

 12 Emily Warren Roebling

Emily Warren Roebling
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Famous As: Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Birthdate: September 23, 1843
Birthplace: Cold Spring, New York
Died: February 28, 1903

Apart from being a socialite, Emily Warren Roebling was also a skilled engineer. She took over the reins of designing the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband, the chief engineer of the project, Washington Augustus Roebling, was rendered bedridden. She went against the grain and earned a law certificate, too.

 13 Barnes Wallis

Barnes Wallis
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 26, 1887
Birthplace: Ripley, Derbyshire, England
Died: October 30, 1979

Barnes Wallis was an English engineer, inventor, and scientist. He played an important role during the Second World War by inventing the bouncing bomb which was used in Operation Chastise by the Royal Air Force to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley. Barnes Wallis is also credited with inventing the earthquake bomb and his version of the geodetic airframe.

 14 George Hotz

George Hotz
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Famous As: Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 2, 1989
Birthplace: Glen Rock, New Jersey

Known online as Geohot, George Francis Hotz is an American security hacker and software engineer, who at the age of seventeen became the first person to hack Apple’s iPhone. Later, he developed iOS jailbreaks and became the first person to crack a defense system in Sony PlayStation 3. Currently, he is working at comma.ai, a startup he founded in 2015.

 15 Martin Heinrich

Martin Heinrich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Birthplace: Fallon, Nevada, U.S.

Apart from being the US senator from New Mexico, Martin Heinrich is also the vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee. The son of working-class parents, Heinrich was the first from his family to graduate. A mechanical engineer, he had launched his own firm before joining politics.

 16 Jakov Kitarović

Jakov Kitarović
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia

 17 Bram Cohen

Bram Cohen
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Famous As: Known as the Author of the Peer-To-Peer (p2p) Bittorrent Protocol in 2001
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 18 Jacques Vallée

Jacques Vallée
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 24, 1939
Birthplace: Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France

Jacques Vallée is a French computer scientist, Internet pioneer, venture capitalist, astronomer, ufologist, and author. Vallée is credited with co-developing the first computerized map of Mars, which was used by NASA in the 1960s. An influential personality in the study of UFOs, Jacques Vallée has promoted such hypothesis as the interdimensional hypothesis.

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 19 Karen L. Nyberg

Karen L. Nyberg
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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: October 7, 1969
Birthplace: Parkers Prairie

 20 Larry Wall

Larry Wall
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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 27, 1954
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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 21 Ivan Silayev

Ivan Silayev
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Famous As: Politician, Engineer
Birthdate: October 21, 1930
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod Oblast

 22 Zhu Rongji

Zhu Rongji
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Famous As: Politician, Engineer, Businessperson
Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Birthplace: Changsha
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 23 Dale Crover

Dale Crover
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 23, 1967
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States

 24 Satish Dhawan

Satish Dhawan
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Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: September 25, 1920
Birthplace: Srinagar
Died: January 3, 2002

Satish Dhawan was an Indian aerospace engineer and mathematician remembered for his research in the field of boundary layers and turbulence. From 1972 to 1984, Dhawan served as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization during which he played a key role in the development of the space program in India. In 1981, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

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 25 Dave Arneson

Dave Arneson
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Famous As: List of role-playing game designers
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Birthplace: Hennepin County
Died: April 7, 2009

 26 August Horch

August Horch
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: October 12, 1868
Birthplace: Winningen
Died: February 3, 1951

 27 Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
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Famous As: Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists
Birthdate: September 30, 1883
Birthplace: Basingstoke
Died: January 18, 1971

One of the first female engineers in the US, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was also a leading suffragist and the granddaughter of women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was also the first woman to graduate in engineering from Cornell and sued the ASCE for denying her a full-membership.

 28 Josh Sawyer

Josh Sawyer
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Famous As: Video game developer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 18, 1975
Birthplace: Fort Atkinson

 29 Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: October 10, 1770
Birthplace: Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 24, 1842

Benjamin Wright was an American civil engineer best remembered for his work as a chief engineer. He is credited with overseeing the design and construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Erie Canal. In 1969, Benjamin Wright was declared the Father of American Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

 30 Danny Hillis

Danny Hillis
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Famous As: Inventor, Scientist, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Birthplace: Baltimore

 31 Heinrich Lübke

Heinrich Lübke
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 14, 1894
Birthplace: Sundern, Germany
Died: April 6, 1972

Once president of the German Federal Republic, or West Germany, Heinrich Lübke was born to a cobbler and slowly rose up to be a member of the Centre Party and then the Christian Democratic Union. Not a great public speaker, he was often ridiculed for his failing memory at public events.

 32 Jenova Chen

Jenova Chen
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 8, 1981
Birthplace: Shanghai

 33 Hugo Schmeisser

Hugo Schmeisser
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: September 24, 1884
Birthplace: Jena
Died: September 12, 1953

 34 Jean Bastien-Thiry

Jean Bastien-Thiry
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Famous As: Engineer, Aerospace engineer, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 19, 1927
Birthplace: Lunéville
Died: March 11, 1963

Jean Bastien-Thiry was a French engineer and military personnel whose assassination attempt on French President Charles de Gaulle cost him his life. The assassination attempt made international headlines and inspired a novel titled The Day of the Jackal, which was later adapted into a film. Before his treacherous infamy, Bastien-Thiry was credited with creating the Nord SS.10/SS.11 missiles.

 35 Andy Bechtolsheim

Andy Bechtolsheim
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Famous As: Businessperson, Electrical engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1955
Birthplace: Finning, Germany

 36 William F. Baker

William F. Baker
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Famous As: Structural engineer
Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Birthplace: Fulton, Missouri, United States

William F. Baker is an American structural engineer best known for working as an engineer in several important projects, including the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai. In 2011, he was invited by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to lead a project aimed at developing innovative structures for high-rise buildings. Baker has received several honors and awards throughout his career.

 37 Alfred Vail

Alfred Vail
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Famous As: Machinist
Birthdate: September 25, 1807
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 18, 1859

Alfred Vail, along with Samuel F.B. Morse, revolutionized the American telegraph system. Though initially interested in theology, he changed his career path after meeting Morse. Some scholars believe Vail and Morse had both contributed equally for the development of the Morse code but was not valued.

 38 Robert R. Gilruth

Robert R. Gilruth
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Famous As: Aerospace engineer
Birthdate: October 8, 1913
Birthplace: Nashwauk, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 17, 2000

 39 Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson
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Famous As: Inventor, Aerospace engineer
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 40 Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov
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Famous As: Politician, Engineer, Economist
Birthdate: October 23, 1941
Birthplace: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

From serving in Soviet labor camps to working at a metallurgical factory, Igor Smirnov had done it all before he joined the campaign to free Transnistria. He eventually became the region’s first president, in spite of it not being recognized as an independent state internationally.

 41 Carlos de la Mota

Carlos de la Mota
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 19, 1974
Birthplace: La Vega , Dominican Republic

 42 James Cross

James Cross
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Famous As: Diplomat, Engineer
Birthdate: September 29, 1921
Birthplace: Ireland

Irish-British diplomat James Cross had worked in New Delhi, Halifax, Winnipeg, and Kuala Lumpur before moving back to Canada as a trade commissioner. In late 1970, the Quebec Liberation Front abducted him, though he was released after 2 months. He died of COVID-19 complications at age 99.

 43 John Leckie

John Leckie
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Famous As: Audio engineer, Record producer
Birthdate: October 23, 1949
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom

 44 Ryan North

Ryan North
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Famous As: Engineer, Programmer, Cartoonist
Birthdate: October 20, 1980
Birthplace: Ottawa

Computational linguistics expert and New York Times bestselling Canadian author Ryan North is known for his award-winning books such as Romeo and/or Juliet and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. He is also the creator of the fixed-art webcomic Dinosaur Comics, which won the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award.

 45 Karl Terzaghi

Karl Terzaghi
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: October 2, 1883
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: October 25, 1963

The pioneer of soil mechanics, Karl Terzaghi was the son of an army lieutenant-colonel and studied in a military boarding school, where he developed his passion for geography. He eventually graduated as a mechanical engineer. He later also taught at MIT and penned iconic works such as Erdbaumechanik.

 46 Éric Chahi

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

Éric Chahi is a French programmer and computer game designer best known for creating popular games like Another World and Heart of Darkness. Another World, which received critical acclaim for its minimalism and atmosphere, went on to be recognized as a cult classic. Éric Chahi is also credited with founding Amazing Studio, which develops interesting games.

 47 Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia

Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: October 1, 1968
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 48 Dana Scott

Dana Scott
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Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, Topologist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 11, 1932
Birthplace: Berkeley

 49 C. L. Max Nikias

C. L. Max Nikias
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 30, 1952
Birthplace: Cyprus

 50 George Carruthers

George Carruthers
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Famous As: Inventor, physicist, engineer and space scientist
Birthdate: October 1, 1939
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: December 26, 2020