Mechanical Engineers

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.

 1 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
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Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: January 7, 1943

Inventor, engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla, is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A prolific inventor, he had around 300 patents for his inventions. Even though he earned a considerable amount of money, he had poor money management skills and died a poor man.

 2 Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 3 James Watt

James Watt
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Famous As: Inventor of Steam Engine
Birthdate: January 19, 1736
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
Died: August 25, 1819

 4 Frederick Winslow Taylor

Frederick Winslow Taylor
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Famous As: Tennis player, Engineer, Economist, Golfer, Management consultant, Mechanical engineer, Lecturer, Writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 1915

 5 Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 6 Eugene Stoner

Eugene Stoner
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: November 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 24, 1997

 7 Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel
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Famous As: Inventor of Diesel Engine
Birthdate: March 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, French
Died: September 29, 1913
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 8 George Stephenson

George Stephenson
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Famous As: Father of Railways
Birthdate: June 9, 1781
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 12, 1848

 9 Martin Heinrich

Martin Heinrich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 10 Albert Göring

Albert Göring
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian, German
Died: December 20, 1966
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 11 Sergei Krikalev

Sergei Krikalev
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Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

 12 Ralph H. Baer

Ralph H. Baer
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: March 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
Died: December 6, 2014

 13 Michael Teutul

Michael Teutul
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: November 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 15 Roger Boisjoly

Roger Boisjoly
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Famous As: Mechanical Engineer
Birthdate: April 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 6, 2012

 16 Franklin Chang Díaz

Franklin Diaz
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Famous As: Former NASA Astronaut
Birthdate: April 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Chinese, Costa Rican, American

 17 Henry Gantt

Henry Gantt
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 20, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: November 23, 1919

 18 George Pullman

George Pullman
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 19, 1897

 19 William George Armstrong, Baron Armstrong

William George Armstrong, Baron Armstrong
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 26, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 27, 1900

 20 Marc Isambard Brunel

Marc Isambard Brunel
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 25, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French, American
Died: December 12, 1849

 21 Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 22, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian
Died: June 13, 1951

 22 John Garand

John Garand
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: January 1, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: February 16, 1974

 23 Hugo Junkers

Hugo Junkers
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: February 3, 1935

 24 Nigel Gresley

Nigel Gresley
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: April 5, 1941

 25 Henry M. Leland

Henry M. Leland
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Famous As: Machinist
Birthdate: February 14, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1932

 26 Ben Rich

Ben Rich
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Famous As: American engineer
Birthdate: June 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 5, 1995

 27 Sandford Fleming

Sandford Fleming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
Died: July 22, 1915

 28 Harry Ferguson

Harry Ferguson
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Famous As: Mechanic
Birthdate: November 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, Northern Irish
Died: October 25, 1960

 29 Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1961

 30 Ludwig Prandtl

Ludwig Prandtl
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Famous As: Physicist, Mechanical engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: August 15, 1953

 31 Kitaw Ejigu

Kitaw Ejigu
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Famous As: Space Scientist
Birthdate: February 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: January 13, 2006

 32 Karl Terzaghi

Karl Terzaghi
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: October 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: October 25, 1963

 33 Charles Algernon Parsons

Charles Algernon Parsons
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 13, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: February 11, 1931

 34 Carl von Linde

Carl von Linde
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: November 16, 1934

 35 Christopher Cockerell

Christopher Cockerell
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: June 1, 1999

 36 Nils Bohlin

Nils Bohlin
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Famous As: Mechanical Engineer
Birthdate: July 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swedish
Died: September 21, 2002

 37 Karsten Solheim

Karsten Solheim
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Norwegian, American
Died: February 16, 2000

 38 Max Faget

Max Faget
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: August 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 9, 2004

 39 Gustaf Dalén

Gustaf Dalén
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Famous As: Inventor of Automatic Regulators, AGA Cookers, Dalen Light
Birthdate: November 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Swedish
Died: December 9, 1937

 40 Robert Thirsk

Robert Thirsk
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 41 Henry Maudslay

Henry Maudslay
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Famous As: Innovator
Birthdate: August 22, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: February 14, 1831

 42 Daniel Goldin

Daniel Goldin
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Famous As: Administrator of NASA
Birthdate: July 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 43 Jim Cantrell

Jim Cantrell
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 44 Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis

Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 21, 1792
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: September 19, 1843

 45 Bob Behnken

Bob Behnken
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: July 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 46 Jacob Perkins

Jacob Perkins
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 9, 1766
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 1849

 47 Laurens Hammond

Laurens Hammond
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 11, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 3, 1973

 48 Alfred Vail

Alfred Vail
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Famous As: Machinist
Birthdate: September 25, 1807
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 18, 1859

 49 Ayodele Awojobi

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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: March 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerien
Died: September 23, 1984

 50 Kumar Bhattacharyya, Baron Bhattacharyya

Kumar Bhattacharyya, Baron Bhattacharyya
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Famous As: Life peer
Birthdate: June 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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