Famous Russian Engineers

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Vitalik Buterin
(Computer scientist)
Vitalik Buterin
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Birthdate: January 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kolomna, Russia
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Vladimir Komarov
(First Cosmonaut to Fly into Space Twice and the First Human to Die in a Space Flight)
Vladimir Komarov
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Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24, 1967

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first from his country to fly into space twice. He died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed while re-entering the Earth, due to a parachute failure, on April 24, 1967, which made him the first human to die in a space flight.

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Sergei Korolev
(Lead Rocket Engineer and Founder of the Soviet Union’s Space Program)
Sergei Korolev
4
Birthdate: January 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Died: January 14, 1966

Sergei Korolev was a Soviet spacecraft designer and rocket engineer who played an important role during the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States of America in the 1950s and 1960s. He was largely responsible for developing the R-7 Rocket and launching Yuri Gagarin into space. Sergei Korolev also launched Belka, Strelka, and Laika into space.

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 4 
Anatoly Dyatlov
(Nuclear Engineer)
Anatoly Dyatlov
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Birthdate: March 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
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.
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Sergei Krikalev
(Russian Retired Cosmonaut, Rocket Scientist and Ranks Third for the Most Time Spent in Space)
Sergei Krikalev
3
Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
 6 
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
(Russian Rocket Scientist Who Pioneered Astronautic Theory)
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
3
Birthdate: September 17, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Izhevskoe, Russia
Died: September 19, 1935

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a Russian rocket scientist. Credited with pioneering astronautic theory, Tsiolkovsky is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of astronautics and modern rocketry. His works served as an inspiration to several other Soviet rocket engineers like Valentin Glushko and Sergei Korolev. Hence, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's work played an influential role in the Soviet space program.

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Vagit Alekperov
(Russian-Azerbaijani Entrepreneur & Former President of the Oil Company 'Lukoil' (1993 - 2022))
Vagit Alekperov
3
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Vagit Alekperov is a Russian-Azerbaijani entrepreneur best known for his service as the president of the PJSC Lukoil Oil Company from 1993 to 2022. Counted among the richest people in the world, Vagit Alekperov is also known for his philanthropic efforts. In 2007, he established a non-profit organization called Our Future, which aims at promoting social entrepreneurship in Russia.

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Pier Luigi Nervi
(Engineer, Architect, Civil engineer, University teacher)
Pier Luigi Nervi
2
Birthdate: June 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sondrio
Died: January 9, 1979
 9 
Ivan Silayev
(Politician, Engineer)
Ivan Silayev
3
Birthdate: October 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
 10 
Sergey Sobyanin
(Engineer, Jurist, Politician)
Sergey Sobyanin
3
Birthdate: June 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nyaksimvol
 11 
Vladimir K. Zworykin
(Inventor of 'Television Transmitting and Receiving System Employing Cathode Ray Tubes')
Vladimir K. Zworykin
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Birthdate: July 29, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Murom, Russia
Died: July 29, 1982

Often referred to as the Father of the Television, Russian-American engineer Vladimir K. Zworykin is remembered for inventing the kinescope picture tube, also known as the cathode-ray tube, used in the television. He was associated with the Radio Corporation of America, and his other creations included the iconoscope camera.

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Victor Kalashnikov
3
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matay
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Pyotr Kapitsa
(Physicist)
Pyotr Kapitsa
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 8, 1984

Nobel Prize-winning Soviet physicist Pyotr Kapitsa revolutionized science with his invention of new machines for liquefaction of gases. He is also remembered for discovering that liquid helium is superfluid. He had also served in World War I and had lost his father, wife, and children in the 1918-1919 flu epidemic.

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Igor Smirnov
(Politician, Engineer, Economist)
Igor Smirnov
2
Birthdate: October 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
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.

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Leon Theremin
(Inventor of the First Electronic Musical Instrument 'Theremin')
Leon Theremin
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Birthdate: August 27, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: November 3, 1993

One of the pioneers of electronic music, Léon Theremin invented the aetherphone, also known as the theremin, which was the first electronic musical instrument to be mass-produced. He also doubled up as a Soviet spy, eavesdropping on the British, French, and US embassies, using the Buran device and The Thing.

 16 
Andrei Tupolev
(Designer)
Andrei Tupolev
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tver Governorate
Died: December 23, 1972
 17 
Artem Mikoyan
(Aircraft designer, who cofounded the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau)
Artem Mikoyan
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Birthdate: August 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sanahin, Armenia
Died: December 9, 1970
 18 
Valentin Glushko
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Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Russian Empire
Died: January 10, 1989
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Vasily Degtyaryov
(Former engineer who specialized in weapons design)
Vasily Degtyaryov
2
Birthdate: January 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tula, Russia
Died: January 16, 1949
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Pavel Florensky
(Theologian)
Pavel Florensky
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Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yevlakh, Azerbaijan
Died: December 8, 1943

Russian theologian Pavel Florensky is best remembered for his essay The Pillar and the Ground of Truth. During Stalin’s regime and amid a phase of national atheism, he was sent to jail and also banished to Siberia for his religious beliefs, which he refused to renounce.

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Fyodor Yurchikhin
(Greek-Origin Russian Astronaut Who Has Been on 5 Space Missions)
Fyodor Yurchikhin
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Birthdate: January 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batumi, Adjar ASSR, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
 22 
Viktor Patsayev
(Soviet Cosmonaut Who Died in His Space Capsule Alongside His Two Colleagues)
Viktor Patsayev
3
Birthdate: June 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aktobe, Kazakhstan
Died: June 30, 1971
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Sergei Avdeyev
(Russian Engineer and Cosmonaut Who Once Held the Record for Time Dilation Experienced by a Human Being)
Sergei Avdeyev
2
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chapayevsk
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Oleg Losev
(Physicist, Inventor)
Oleg Losev
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Birthdate: May 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tver, Russia
Died: January 22, 1942
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Sergey Ilyushin
(Aircraft Designer)
Sergey Ilyushin
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Birthdate: March 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dilyalevo, Russia
Died: February 9, 1977
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Georgy Shpagin
(Former Weapon designer best known as the creator of the famous PPSh-41 submachine gun)
Georgy Shpagin
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kliushnikovo, Russia
Died: February 6, 1952
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Alexei Tupolev
(Designer)
Alexei Tupolev
2
Birthdate: May 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Soviet Union
Died: May 12, 2001
 28 
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev
(Aeronautical engineer)
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev
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Birthdate: April 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 22, 1989
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Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov
(Soviet firearms designer)
Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov
1
Birthdate: May 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ryazan Governorate
Died: May 14, 1988
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Marina Popovich
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Birthdate: July 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Western Oblast, Russia
Died: November 30, 2017
 31 
Nikolai Zhukovsky
(Scientist, Mathematician, Engineer)
Nikolai Zhukovsky
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Birthdate: January 17, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orekhovo
Died: March 17, 1921
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Mikhail Yangel
(Leading Designer in Missile Program of the Former Soviet Union)
Mikhail Yangel
1
Birthdate: November 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zyryanovka, Russia
Died: October 25, 1971
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Vasily Mishin
(Engineer)
Vasily Mishin
1
Birthdate: January 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pavlovo-Posadsky District, Russia
Died: October 10, 2001
 34 
Kerim Kerimov
(Engineer)
Kerim Kerimov
1
Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: March 29, 2003
 35 
Mikhail Mil
(Former aerospace engineer, founder the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant)
Mikhail Mil
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Birthdate: November 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Died: January 31, 1970
 36 
Vladimir Chelomey
1
Birthdate: June 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Siedlce, Poland
Died: August 12, 1984
 37 
Pavel Yablochkov
(Electrical engineer)
Pavel Yablochkov
1
Birthdate: September 14, 1847
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ouïezd de Serdobsk, Russia
Died: March 31, 1894
 38 
Konstantin Feoktistov
(Russian Cosmonaut and Space Engineer Who Was Part of the First Multi-Manned Spacecraft, 'Voskhod 1')
Konstantin Feoktistov
1
Birthdate: February 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Voronezh, Russia
Died: November 21, 2009
 39 
Gennady Strekalov
(Astronaut Who Was Part of the First Russian-American Flight to the Mir Space Station)
Gennady Strekalov
1
Birthdate: October 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
Died: December 25, 2004
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Mikhail Simonov
(Aircraft designer)
Mikhail Simonov
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Birthdate: October 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died: March 4, 2011
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Oleg Ivanovsky
(Engineer)
Oleg Ivanovsky
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Birthdate: January 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 18, 2014