Libra Engineers

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite Libra Engineers
 1 
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
(Aerospace Scientist & 11th President of India)
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
6
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
(Known for His Work on the Television Series 'Mythbusters', on Which He Designed and Built Numerous Robots)
Grant Imahara
13
Birthdate: October 23, 1970
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 13, 2020

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
(29th Governor General of Canada Who Served from 2017 to 2021)
Julie Payette
13
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.
Recommended Lists:
 4 
Robert Stephenson
(Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician)
Robert Stephenson
4
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.
Recommended Lists:
 5 
Toby Fox
(Video Game Developer and Composer Known for His Games: ‘Undertale’ and ‘Deltarune’)
Toby Fox
6
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 
Jack Parsons
(Researcher)
Jack Parsons
9
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.

 7 
George Westinghouse
(American Entrepreneur and Engineer Who Invented the ‘Railway Air Brake’)
George Westinghouse
4
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.

 8 
William Edwards Deming
(Statistician, Electrical Engineer)
William Edwards Deming
7
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
(Engineer, Computer scientist)
Seymour Cray
4
Birthdate: September 28, 1925
Birthplace: Chippewa Falls
Died: October 5, 1996
 10 
Fred C Koch
(Chemical Engineer, Entrepreneur)
Fred C Koch
4
Birthdate: September 23, 1900
Birthplace: Quanah, Texas, United States
Died: November 17, 1967
 11 
Garrett Camp
(Innovator & Entrepreneurs)
Garrett Camp
15
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
(Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.)
Emily Warren Roebling
3
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 
Lonnie Johnson
(Inventor, Aerospace engineer)
Lonnie Johnson
2
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
 14 
George Hotz
(Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist)
George Hotz
6
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 
Barnes Wallis
(English Scientist and Engineer Known for Inventing the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and ‘Earthquake Bomb’)
Barnes Wallis
4
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.

 16 
Jakov Kitarović
3
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia
 17 
Bram Cohen
(Computer Programmer, Best Known as the Author of the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) BitTorrent Protocol)
Bram Cohen
3
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 18 
Karen L. Nyberg
(Astronaut, Engineer)
Karen L. Nyberg
3
Birthdate: October 7, 1969
Birthplace: Parkers Prairie
Recommended Lists:
 19 
Ivan Silayev
(Politician, Engineer)
Ivan Silayev
3
Birthdate: October 21, 1930
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
 20 
Zhu Rongji
(Politician, Engineer, Businessperson)
Zhu Rongji
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Birthplace: Changsha
Recommended Lists:
 21 
Larry Wall
(Programmer, Engineer, Writer, Computer scientist)
Larry Wall
4
Birthdate: September 27, 1954
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 22 
Satish Dhawan
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
Satish Dhawan
4
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.

Recommended Lists:
 23 
Jacques Vallée
(Scientist)
Jacques Vallée
4
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.

 24 
Dave Arneson
(List of role-playing game designers)
Dave Arneson
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Birthplace: Hennepin County
Died: April 7, 2009
Recommended Lists:
 25 
Dale Crover
(Musician)
Dale Crover
0
Birthdate: October 23, 1967
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
 26 
Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
(Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists)
Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
1
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.

 27 
August Horch
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Racecar driver)
August Horch
3
Birthdate: October 12, 1868
Birthplace: Winningen
Died: February 3, 1951
 28 
Josh Sawyer
(Video game developer, Computer scientist)
Josh Sawyer
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1975
Birthplace: Fort Atkinson
 29 
Hugo Schmeisser
(Inventor, Engineer)
Hugo Schmeisser
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1884
Birthplace: Jena
Died: September 12, 1953
 30 
Benjamin Wright
(Civil engineer)
Benjamin Wright
1
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).

 31 
Danny Hillis
(Inventor, Scientist, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Writer, Computer scientist)
Danny Hillis
2
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Birthplace: Baltimore
 32 
Robert R. Gilruth
(Aerospace engineer)
Robert R. Gilruth
2
Birthdate: October 8, 1913
Birthplace: Nashwauk, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 17, 2000
 33 
Jean Bastien-Thiry
(Engineer, Aerospace engineer, Military personnel)
Jean Bastien-Thiry
3
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.

 34 
Jenova Chen
(Computer scientist)
Jenova Chen
3
Birthdate: October 8, 1981
Birthplace: Shanghai
 35 
Andy Bechtolsheim
(Businessperson, Electrical engineer)
Andy Bechtolsheim
0
Birthdate: September 30, 1955
Birthplace: Finning, Germany
 36 
William F. Baker
(Structural engineer)
William F. Baker
0
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
(American Telegraph Pioneer and an Associate and Financial Backer of Samuel F.B. Morse)
Alfred Vail
2
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 
Carlos de la Mota
3
Birthdate: October 19, 1974
Birthplace: La Vega , Dominican Republic
 39 
Igor Smirnov
(Politician, Engineer, Economist)
Igor Smirnov
2
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.

 40 
James Cross
(Diplomat, Engineer)
James Cross
2
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.

 41 
John Leckie
(Audio engineer, Record producer)
John Leckie
4
Birthdate: October 23, 1949
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
 42 
Éric Chahi
(Game designer)
Éric Chahi
2
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.

 43 
Karl von Terzaghi
(Best Known as the 'Father of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering')
Karl von Terzaghi
2
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.

 44 
Dana Scott
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, Topologist, University teacher)
Dana Scott
2
Birthdate: October 11, 1932
Birthplace: Berkeley
 45 
Ryan North
(Engineer, Programmer, Cartoonist)
Ryan North
2
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.

 46 
Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
(Automotive designer)
Leepu Nizamuddin Awlia
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1968
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh
 47 
C. L. Max Nikias
2
Birthdate: September 30, 1952
Birthplace: Cyprus
 48 
Karl Guthe Jansky
(American Physicist, Radio Engineer and One of the Founding Figures of 'Radio Astronomy')
Karl Guthe Jansky
2
Birthdate: October 22, 1905
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Died: February 14, 1950

Karl Guthe Jansky was an American physicist and radio engineer. He first discovered radio waves emanating from the Milky Way in August 1931. However, due to his lack of formal training as an astronomer, research into radio astronomy remained dormant for many years. Later on, he came to be widely regarded as one of the founding figures of radio astronomy. 

 49 
George Carruthers
(Inventor, physicist, engineer and space scientist)
George Carruthers
2
Birthdate: October 1, 1939
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: December 26, 2020
 50 
Charles Stark Draper
(Scientist, Engineer)
Charles Stark Draper
2
Birthdate: October 2, 1901
Birthplace: Windsor, Missouri, United States
Died: July 25, 1987