Famous Russian Engineers

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 1 Anatoly Dyatlov

Anatoly Dyatlov.
Famous As: Nuclear Engineer
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.

 2 Vladimir Komarov

Vladimir Komarov.
Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow
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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 3 Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin.
Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kolomna, Russia

 4 Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky.
Famous As: entrepreneur, mathematician, politician, economist
Birthdate: January 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: March 23, 2013

Russian business-tycoon, engineer, mathematician and government official Boris Berezovsky is counted among the famed Russian oligarchs who made their fortunes during the 1990s, when Russia was going through privatization of state property. He remained a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the latter’s election as president in 2000 and was granted political asylum by the UK in 2003.

 5 Sergei Krikalev

Sergei Krikalev.
Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 6 Viktor Vekselberg

Viktor Vekselberg
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer
Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Drohobych

 7 Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik
Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Repino, Russia
Died: May 5, 1995

Soviet chess player Mikhail Botvinnik was a three-time World Champion. At 14, he defeated the reigning world champion José Raúl Capablanca in an exhibition match. He was also a skilled computer engineer. He adopted a scientific approach to chess and penned several books on chess, too.

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 8 Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: April 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mykolaiv, Ukraine
Died: June 12, 1994

Menachem Mendel Schneerson was an Orthodox Jewish rabbi. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential Jewish leaders, Schneerson is best remembered for leading the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Under his leadership, the movement became one of the world's most influential and widespread Jewish movements. Menachem Mendel Schneerson was posthumously honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 1994.

 9 Pier Luigi Nervi

Pier Luigi Nervi
Famous As: Engineer, Architect, Civil engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sondrio
Died: January 9, 1979

 10 Vagit Alekperov

Vagit Alekperov
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku

 11 Ivan Silayev

Ivan Silayev
Famous As: Politician, Engineer
Birthdate: October 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod Oblast

 12 Sergey Sobyanin

Sergey Sobyanin
Famous As: Engineer, Jurist, Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nyaksimvol

 13 Andrei Tupolev

Andrei Tupolev
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: November 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tver Governorate
Died: December 23, 1972

 14 Victor Kalashnikov

Victor Kalashnikov
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: July 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matay

 15 Valentin Glushko

Valentin Glushko
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Russian Empire
Died: January 10, 1989

 16 Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov
Famous As: Politician, Engineer, Economist
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.

 17 Pavel Florensky

Pavel Florensky
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yevlakh, Azerbaijan
Died: December 8, 1943

 18 Vasily Degtyaryov

Vasily Degtyaryov
Famous As: Russian engineer
Birthdate: January 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: January 16, 1949

 19 Léon Theremin

Léon Theremin
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer, Physicist, Scientist
Birthdate: August 15, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: November 3, 1993

 20 Viktor Patsayev

Viktor Patsayev
Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: June 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aktobe, Kazakhstan
Died: June 30, 1971

 21 Sergei Avdeyev

Sergei Avdeyev
Famous As: Engineer, Astronaut
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chapayevsk

 22 Sergey Ilyushin

Sergey Ilyushin
Famous As: Aircraft Designer
Birthdate: March 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dilyalevo, Russia
Died: February 9, 1977

 23 Alexei Tupolev

Alexei Tupolev
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: May 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Soviet Union
Died: May 12, 2001

 24 Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev

Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev
Famous As: Aeronautical engineer
Birthdate: April 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 22, 1989

 25 Georgy Shpagin

Georgy Shpagin
Famous As: Russian weapons designe
Birthdate: April 17, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kovrovskij County
Died: February 6, 1952

 26 Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov

Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov
Famous As: Soviet firearms designer
Birthdate: May 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ryazan Governorate
Died: May 14, 1988

 27 Marina Popovich

Marina Popovich
Famous As: Colonel
Birthdate: July 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Western Oblast, Russia
Died: November 30, 2017

 28 Nikolai Zhukovsky

Nikolai Zhukovsky
Famous As: Scientist, Mathematician, Engineer
Birthdate: January 17, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orekhovo
Died: March 17, 1921

 29 Kerim Kerimov

Kerim Kerimov
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: March 29, 2003

 30 Vasily Mishin

Vasily Mishin
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pavlovo-Posadsky District, Russia
Died: October 10, 2001

 31 Mikhail Yangel

Mikhail Yangel
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: November 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zyryanovka
Died: October 25, 1971

 32 Konstantin Feoktistov

Konstantin Feoktistov
Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: February 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Voronezh, Russia
Died: November 21, 2009

 33 Pavel Yablochkov

Pavel Yablochkov
Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: September 14, 1847
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ouïezd de Serdobsk, Russia
Died: March 31, 1894

 34 Vladimir Chelomey

Vladimir Chelomey
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Siedlce, Poland
Died: August 12, 1984

 35 Gennady Strekalov

Gennady Strekalov
Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: October 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
Died: December 25, 2004

 36 Mikhail Simonov

Mikhail Simonov
Famous As: Aircraft designer
Birthdate: October 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died: March 4, 2011

 37 Oleg Ivanovsky

Oleg Ivanovsky
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 18, 2014