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Frederick Winslow Taylor
(American Mechanical Engineer Known for His Methods to Improve Industrial Efficiency)
Frederick Winslow Taylor
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Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 21, 1915

American inventor, mechanical engineer and an accomplished tennis and golf player, Frederick Winslow Taylor, regarded as the father of scientific management, sought to improve industrial efficiency. His approach on scientific management, referred to as Taylorism, has significantly influenced development of industrial engineering and production management. His monograph, The Principles of Scientific Management, laid out his views on principles of scientific management.

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Kalpana Chawla
(Indian-Born American Astronaut Who Was the First Woman of Indian Origin to Go to Space)
Kalpana Chawla
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Birthdate: March 17, 1962
Birthplace: Karnal, Haryana, India
Died: February 1, 2003
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-origin woman to go to space in the 1997 STS-87 mission. She and the other crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 mission died when the shuttle exploded before reaching Earth. The Indian weather satellite MetSat-1 was renamed Kalpana-1 in her honor.
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Gordon Cooper
(Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator)
Gordon Cooper
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Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Birthplace: Shawnee
Died: October 4, 2004

Part of the seven Project Mercury astronauts, Gordon Cooper manned a 34-hour space mission, becoming the first American to stay for a day in space. As part of the Gemini 5 mission, he and his co-pilot proved it was possible for astronauts to survive a mission to the Moon and back.

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George Pullman
(American Engineer and Industrialist Known for Designing and Manufacturing the Pullman Sleeping Car)
George Pullman
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Birthdate: March 3, 1831
Birthplace: Brocton, New York, United States
Died: October 19, 1897

One of his parents’ 10 children, George Pullman initially took over his father’s carpentry business and secured contracts with New York for the Erie Canal project. The founder of the Pullman sleeping car and a company town, Pullam was criticized for using the military to violently end the 1894 Pullman Strike.

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Richard Stallman
(Free Software Movement Activist and Programmer)
Richard Stallman
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Birthdate: March 16, 1953
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Computer programmer and free-software activist Richard Stallman established the Free Software Foundation. The Harvard and MIT alumnus led the free GNU project, aimed at creating a UNIX-like operating system. He was later dragged into a controversy when he dismissed a sexual assault victim’s allegation against Jeffrey Epstein.

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Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
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Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Birthplace: Atamanovo, Russia
Died: December 13, 1995
Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief-engineer of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. He oversaw the safety test that eventually ended in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Dyatlov was later imprisoned for his negligence but was released in 1990, as part of an amnesty. His recorded memoirs were later released on YouTube.
 7 
Scott Kelly
(American Engineer, Retired Naval Aviator, and Astronaut)
Scott Kelly
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Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States

Scott Kelly is an American engineer, retired naval aviator, and astronaut. He is credited with commanding the International Space Station on three Expeditions. Scott Kelly is the recipient of several awards and honors, such as the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

 8 
Deke Slayton
(Astronaut)
Deke Slayton
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Birthdate: March 1, 1924
Birthplace: Sparta, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 13, 1993
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Homer Hickam
(Aerospace Engineer)
Homer Hickam
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Birthdate: February 19, 1943
Birthplace: Coalwood, West Virginia, United States
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Sid Meier
(Canadian-American Programmer, Designer, and Producer of 'Civilization' Game Series)
Sid Meier
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Birthdate: February 24, 1954
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

Game designer Sid Meier soared to fame with the strategy game series Civilization. Initially a cash-register designer, he later co-founded the gaming company MicroProse. He met his wife at a Lutheran Church, where they both still sing. Apart from the AIAS Hall of Fame Award, he has also penned a memoir.

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Wally Schirra
(American Astronaut Who Became the Fifth American and Ninth Human to Travel Into Space)
Wally Schirra
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Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 3, 2007

Wally Schirra was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, and naval aviator. He achieved popularity in 1959, when he became one of the seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury. In 1962, he was part of Mercury-Atlas 8 and became only the ninth human to travel into space. Wally Schirra was portrayed by Lance Henriksen in the film, The Right Stuff.

 12 
Eugene Cernan
(American Naval Aviator Who Became the Eleventh Human Being to Walk on the Moon)
Eugene Cernan
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Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 16, 2017

Eugene Cernan was an American naval aviator, astronaut, aeronautical engineer, electrical engineer, and fighter pilot. As of 2022, Cernan remains the last man to walk on the Moon, which he did in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission. In 2007, Eugene Cernan was made an inductee of the International Air & Space Hall of Fame.

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Kelly Johnson
(Aerospace engineer)
Kelly Johnson
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Birthdate: February 27, 1910
Birthplace: Ishpeming, Michigan, United States
Died: December 21, 1990
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Gottlieb Daimler
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Birthdate: March 17, 1834
Birthplace: Schorndorf, Germany
Died: March 6, 1900

Gottlieb Daimler was a German engineer, industrialist, and industrial designer. A pioneer of automobile development and internal combustion engines, Daimler is credited with inventing the liquid petroleum-fueled engine. In 1978, Gottlieb Daimler was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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Jacque Fresco
(Futurist and Self-Described Social Engineer)
Jacque Fresco
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Birthdate: March 13, 1916
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: May 18, 2017

Jacque Fresco was an American futurist who lectured and wrote his views on various subjects, such as energy efficiency, sustainable cities, cybernetic technology, natural-resource management, and automation. His life and career inspired the 2006 semi-biographical film Future by Design. In 2016, Jacque Fresco was honored with a Novus Summit award for his work.

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Ed Boon
(Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist)
Ed Boon
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Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Birthplace: Chicago
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Mike Krieger
(Co-founder of Instagram)
Mike Krieger
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Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Mike Krieger is a Brazilian-American entrepreneur and software engineer. He co-founded Instagram along with Kevin Systrom. He studied symbolic systems at Stanford University, where he first met Kevin. The two men later sold Instagram to Facebook and began focusing on other projects. Krieger is also a philanthropist and is in a partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell. 
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James Irwin
(American Astronaut and the Eighth Person Ever to Walk on the Moon)
James Irwin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1930
Birthplace: Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: August 8, 1991

James Irwin was an American astronaut, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and a US Air Force pilot. He was part of the Apollo 15 mission and became only the eighth person ever to walk on the Moon. He was the recipient of several prestigious awards. In 1983, James Irwin was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame.

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Jonathan Ive
(Industrial designer)
Jonathan Ive
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Birthdate: February 27, 1967
Birthplace: Chingford

Jonathan Ive is a British-American product, industrial, and architectural designer. The former Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple Inc., Ive played a major role in the designs of several Apple products, such as the iPhone, MacBook, iMac, iPad, and iPod. He also played an important role in the designs of Apple's architectural projects, such as Apple Stores and Apple Park.

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Gerald Bull
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Inventor)
Gerald Bull
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Birthdate: March 9, 1928
Birthplace: Ontario
Died: March 22, 1990

Gerald Vincent Bull was a Canadian artillery expert, known for designing Project Babylon supergun for the Government of Iraq. His idea was to do away with the conventional rockets by firing satellites into orbit from a 156m-long barrel embedded inside a hill. However, his assassination within two years of the start of the project put an end to it.  

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Vannevar Bush
(Engineer)
Vannevar Bush
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Birthdate: March 11, 1890
Birthplace: Everett, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 28, 1974

Apart from teaching and working as an electrical engineer, Vannevar Bush had also been the dean of the MIT School of Engineering. Working with the government, he initiated military funding of research projects, later known as the military-industrial complex. He also penned books such as Modern Arms and Free Men.

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Edmund McMillen
(Video game developer, Computer scientist)
Edmund McMillen
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Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Birthplace: Santa Cruz
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Marc Garneau
(Astronaut, Engineer, Politician)
Marc Garneau
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Birthdate: February 23, 1949
Birthplace: Quebec City

Distinguished Canadian politician, Marc Garneau, began his career as a naval officer and while in service became the first Canadian to travel to the outer space, eventually becoming the President of Canadian Space Agency. Elected to the Parliament as a member of the Liberal Party, he was named Minister of Transport in 2015 and Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.

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Albert Göring
(Mechanical engineer)
Albert Göring
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Birthdate: March 9, 1895
Birthplace: Friedenau
Died: December 20, 1966
Apart from being an engineer who worked for the German army during World War I, Albert Göring is also remembered as the brother of infamous Nazi Party figure and military leader Hermann Göring. Surprisingly, he was anti-Nazi and had helped many Jews, though he remained ostracized due to his family name, post-war.
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Andrew S. Tanenbaum
(Computer scientist best known as the author of MINIX, a free Unix-like operating system for teaching purposes, created Electoral-vote.com)
Andrew S. Tanenbaum
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Birthdate: March 16, 1944
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Kurt Tank
(German Aeronautical Engineer and Designer of Fighter Aircrafts 'Fw 190' and 'Ta 152')
Kurt Tank
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Birthdate: February 24, 1898
Birthplace: Bydgoszcz, Poland
Died: June 5, 1983

Legendary German aircraft designer Kurt Tank established the design and testing department at the Rohrbach aircraft factory. Apart from developing the German fighter aircrafts Fw 190 and Fw 200 Condor, he also developed warplanes for other countries, the most notable being the Marut for India’s Hindustan Aeronautics.

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Taiichi Ohno
(Japanese Industrial Engineer and Businessman)
Taiichi Ohno
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Birthdate: February 29, 1912
Birthplace: Dalian, China
Died: May 28, 1990

Japanese businessman and industrial engineer Ohno Taiichi is remembered for his efforts toward the reduction of muda, or waste, and the implementation of the kanban, or just-in-time system in Toyota. His popular books on manufacturing include Toyota Production System and Just-in-Time for Today and Tomorrow.

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Charles F. Brush
(Engineer)
Charles F. Brush
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Birthdate: March 17, 1849
Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio, United States
Died: June 15, 1929
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Andrew Viterbi
(Engineer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist)
Andrew Viterbi
3
Birthdate: March 9, 1935
Birthplace: Bergamo
 30 
Arif Mardin
(Music Producer)
Arif Mardin
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Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: June 25, 2006
 31 
Grady Booch
(Computer scientist, Engineer)
Grady Booch
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Birthdate: February 27, 1955
Birthplace: Amarillo
 32 
Robert Latimer
(Farmer)
Robert Latimer
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Birthdate: March 13, 1953

Robert Latimer is a Canadian farmer who was convicted of killing his daughter Tracy. Latimer argued that he killed Tracy as she was suffering from cerebral palsy that caused her immense pain. The case sparked controversy with many questioning the definition of euthanasia and the rights of differently-abled people. Latimer gained public support and was granted full parole in 2010.

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Susan Helms
(Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)
Susan Helms
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Birthdate: February 26, 1958
Birthplace: Charlotte
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Bill Atkinson
(Compurter Engineer Who Designed the Graphic User Interface (GUI) of the Apple 'Lisa')
Bill Atkinson
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Birthdate: March 17, 1951
Birthplace: United States
 35 
Ivar Kreuger
(Swedish Civil Engineer, Entrepreneur and Industrialist)
Ivar Kreuger
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Birthdate: March 2, 1880
Birthplace: Kalmar, Sweden
Died: March 12, 1932

Ivar Kreuger was a Swedish civil engineer, entrepreneur, industrialist, and financier. He is best remembered for building a global match empire and controlling almost three quarters of worldwide match production which earned him the nickname, Match King. Ivar Kreuger also founded and owned many other companies including Kreuger & Toll Byggnads AB. 

 36 
Mark Dean
(American computer engineer)
Mark Dean
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Birthdate: March 2, 1957
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Tennessee, United States
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Jacques de Vaucanson
(Inventor, Engineer)
Jacques de Vaucanson
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Birthdate: February 24, 1709
Birthplace: Grenoble
Died: November 21, 1782

Jacques de Vaucanson was a French artist and inventor. He is credited with creating impressive and innovative automata. De Vaucanson was also the first inventor to design an automatic loom. His ideas for the automation of the weaving process were later perfected by Joseph Marie Jacquard, who created the Jacquard machine.    

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Dave Cutler
(Computer scientist, Engineer)
Dave Cutler
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Birthdate: March 13, 1942
Birthplace: Lansing
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Ken Olsen
(American Engineer, Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist)
Ken Olsen
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Birthdate: February 20, 1926
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 6, 2011
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Harold Rosen
(Engineer)
Harold Rosen
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Birthdate: March 20, 1926
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 30, 2017
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Clayton Anderson
(Retired NASA astronaut who has flown to space on four NASA missions on shuttles such as the Atlantis and Discovery)
Clayton Anderson
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Birthdate: February 23, 1959
Birthplace: Ashland, Nebraska, United States
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Erich Gamma
(Computer scientist, Engineer)
Erich Gamma
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Birthdate: March 13, 1961
Birthplace: Zürich
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Whitcomb L. Judson
(Inventor, Engineer)
Whitcomb L. Judson
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Birthdate: March 7, 1846
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 7, 1909
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Józef Bem
(Engineer)
Józef Bem
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Birthdate: March 14, 1794
Birthplace: Tarnów, Poland
Died: December 10, 1850
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Andrew Tridgell
(Engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist)
Andrew Tridgell
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Birthdate: February 28, 1967
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian programmer Andrew Tridgell is best known for developing the compression program software Rzip. He also co-invented the rsync algorithm and has contributed to the Samba file server. A doctorate degree holder from the Australian National University, he had initially also worked on speech recognition.

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Joseph Bell
(Engineer)
Joseph Bell
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Birthdate: March 12, 1861
Birthplace: Farlam, England
Died: April 15, 1912
 47 
Simon Ramo
(Engineer)
Simon Ramo
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Birthdate: March 7, 1913
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: June 27, 2016
 48 
Pedro Duque
(Spanish Aeronautics Engineer and Astronaut)
Pedro Duque
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Birthdate: March 14, 1963
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
 49 
Bas Lansdorp
(CEO of the Mars One)
Bas Lansdorp
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Birthdate: March 5, 1977
Birthplace: Netherlands
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Ayodele Awojobi
(Academic)
Ayodele Awojobi
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Birthdate: March 12, 1937
Birthplace: Oshodi-Isolo
Died: September 23, 1984

Ayodele Awojobi was a Nigerian academic, inventor, author, activist, and social crusader. Regarded as a scholarly genius by his peers and teachers alike, Awojobi became the first African to earn a degree of Doctor of Science at the Imperial College London. His research papers in the field of vibration are often referred to and studied by researchers around the world.