List of famous mechanical engineers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

A mechanical engineer is a specialist in all fields related to machines, kinematics, thermodynamics and tools. One of the oldest disciplines of engineering, mechanical engineering is one of the largest producers of engineers around the world today, closely followed by civil and aeronautical engineers. Working as a mechanical engineer is known to be an enriching and rewarding experience and the job description involves working to plan, build and examine motor-powered vehicles, manufacturing plants, airplanes, industrial equipment, cybernetics and much more. These engineers are in a highly lucrative position and considering that mechanical engineering is an extraordinarily comprehensive field, the engineer can specialize in a number of areas including, applied mechanics, bioengineering, manufacturing engineering and nuclear engineering to name a few. The oldest documented mechanical engineers can be traced back to Ancient Greece and can be seen in the works of Archimedes. Zhang Heng, the inventor of the seismometer and the water clock, lived between the periods of 78-139 AD, who left behind a great legacy related to ‘mechanics’ around the world. Here is a compilation of a list of famous mechanical engineers, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla
Austrian, American

James Watt James Watt
Scottish

Rudolf Diesel Rudolf Diesel
German, French

Franklin Diaz Franklin Chang Díaz
Chinese, Costa Rican, American

Kitaw Ejigu Kitaw Ejigu
Ethiopian

Jim LovellJim Lovell
American

Albert GöringAlbert Göring
Austrian, German
Roger BoisjolyRoger Boisjoly
American
Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor
American

Sergei KrikalevSergei Krikalev
Russian

Thomas MassieThomas Massie
American

Michael TeutulMichael Teutul
American
Martin HeinrichMartin Heinrich
American

Ursula BurnsUrsula Burns
American
Ralph H. BaerRalph H. Baer
German, American

Ben ChifleyBen Chifley
Australian

Marc Isambard BrunelMarc Isambard Brunel
French, American
George PullmanGeorge Pullman
American

Henry GanttHenry Gantt
American
Hugo JunkersHugo Junkers
German

Ben RichBen Rich
American

Sandford FlemingSandford Fleming
Canadian, Scottish
John GarandJohn Garand
Canadian, American
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Nigel GresleyNigel Gresley
British
Alfred VailAlfred Vail
American

Henry M. LelandHenry M. Leland
American

Harry FergusonHarry Ferguson
British, Northern Irish

Charles Algernon ParsonsCharles Algernon Parsons
Irish, British
Ludwig PrandtlLudwig Prandtl
German

Carl von LindeCarl von Linde
German

Henry MaudslayHenry Maudslay
British

Giacomo TorelliGiacomo Torelli
Italian

Karsten SolheimKarsten Solheim
Norwegian, American
Robert ThirskRobert Thirsk
Canadian

Christopher CockerellChristopher Cockerell
British
Daniel GoldinDaniel Goldin
American

Jacob PerkinsJacob Perkins
American

Elmer Ambrose SperryElmer Ambrose Sperry
American
Nathanael Greene HerreshoffNathanael Greene Herreshoff
American

Gustaf de LavalGustaf de Laval
Swedish
Laurens HammondLaurens Hammond
American

Samuel BenthamSamuel Bentham
British

Nils BohlinNils Bohlin
Swedish

Gaspard-Gustave de CoriolisGaspard-Gustave de Coriolis
French

Joseph EngelbergerJoseph Engelberger
American
Al-KarajiAl-Karaji
Persian

Matthew MurrayMatthew Murray
British

Frank PiaseckiFrank Piasecki
American

Emil RathenauEmil Rathenau
German
Linus Yale Jr.Linus Yale Jr.
American
Amos WhitneyAmos Whitney
American

Vladimir ChelomeyVladimir Chelomey
Russian

James Henry GreatheadJames Henry Greathead
British, South African

William FroudeWilliam Froude
British
Daniel GoochDaniel Gooch
British

Simon LakeSimon Lake
American
Dugald ClerkDugald Clerk
British, Scottish

Victor ScheinmanVictor Scheinman
American

Duan ZhengchengDuan Zhengcheng
Chinese
Francis A. PrattFrancis A. Pratt
American

Andrew MeikleAndrew Meikle
Scottish
William SellersWilliam Sellers
American

Joseph ClementJoseph Clement
British

Claude Antoine, comte Prieur-DuvernoisClaude Antoine, comte Prieur-Duvernois
French
Charles RenardCharles Renard
French

Alphonse Beau de RochasAlphonse Beau de Rochas
French
Alexander Lyman HolleyAlexander Lyman Holley
American

Arthur WoolfArthur Woolf
British

John HeathcoatJohn Heathcoat
British

Toshiwo DokoToshiwo Doko
Japanese
George Henry CorlissGeorge Henry Corliss
American

John FritzJohn Fritz
American

Nathan ReadNathan Read
American

Richard SonnenfeldtRichard Sonnenfeldt
German

Max FagetMax Faget
American
Russell ColleyRussell Colley
American

Antoine de ChézyAntoine de Chézy
French
David WilkinsonDavid Wilkinson
American

Philippe LebonPhilippe Lebon
French

Gerald CarrGerald Carr
American
Karl TerzaghiKarl Terzaghi
Austrian, American

Robert HoeRobert Hoe
British, American
Harold E. FroehlichHarold E. Froehlich
American

Johann Georg BodmerJohann Georg Bodmer
Swiss
Henri-Émile BazinHenri-Émile Bazin
French

Arden L. Bement, Jr.Arden L. Bement, Jr.
American

Henry BellHenry Bell
Scottish
Nicolas-Louis RobertNicolas-Louis Robert
French

Joshua FieldJoshua Field
British
Herbert Thacker HerrHerbert Thacker Herr
American