Sagittarius Engineers

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 1 Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel
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Famous As: Designer of Eiffel Tower and contributed to Statue of Liberty
Birthdate: December 15, 1832
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: December 27, 1923
The man behind the jewel that adorns Paris, the Eiffel Tower, French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel later earned the nickname “the magician of iron.” He revolutionized bridge-building by using compressed-air caissons, designed the Statue of Liberty, and built the first aerodynamic laboratory. He died while listening to Beethoven's 5th symphony.

 2 Bill Nye

Bill Nye
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Bill Nye is an American mechanical engineer, television presenter, and science communicator. He is known for hosting the live-action science program Bill Nye the Science Guy. He is credited with inventing a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube, which is used on the Boeing 747 airplanes. He also helped develop MarsDial, a sundial that became part of the Mars Exploration Rover missions.

 3 Shiva Ayyadurai

Shiva Ayyadurai
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 2, 1963
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur. He gained recognition after claiming to be the inventor of email, which is widely disputed even today. His claim is based on a software called EMAIL, which he wrote while studying at Livingston High School in the late-1970s. He is also known for his unfounded medical claims, including treatments for COVID-19.

 4 Edwin Howard Armstrong

Edwin Howard Armstrong
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1890
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States
Died: February 1, 1954

Edwin Howard Armstrong was an American inventor and electrical engineer. He is credited with developing the superheterodyne receiver system as well as the frequency modulation (FM) radio. During his illustrious career, Armstrong received several awards including the IEEE Medal of Honor, Franklin Medal, and Edison Medal. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1980.

 5 Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons
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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Birthplace: London

Alan Parsons is an English musician, audio engineer, record producer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming a rock band named The Alan Parsons Project. Over the years, Parsons has won many prestigious awards including a Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album. In the 2021, Parsons was made an OBE for services to music production and music.

 6 Willis Carrier

Willis Carrier
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Famous As: Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: November 26, 1876
Birthplace: Angola, New York, United States
Died: October 7, 1950

 7 Max Yasgur

Max Yasgur
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Famous As: Farmer
Birthdate: December 15, 1919
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 9, 1973
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 8 Pietro Boselli

Pietro Boselli
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 3, 1988
Birthplace: Negrar, Italy

While he had been an Armani Junior model at 6, Pietro Boselli later earned a mechanical engineering degree, completed his PhD, and taught math. After a student posted a photo of him on Facebook and it went viral, Boselli became a sensation, gaining fame as the world's hottest math teacher.

 9 Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: November 22, 1980
Birthplace: Brockton

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Shawn Fanning revolutionized the world of information technology by developing a program that let users share MP3 copies of music from their personal computers with others on the internet. His invention led to the formation of Napster and got him featured on the cover of Time.

 10 Jack Fisk

Jack Fisk
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Famous As: Film director, Production designer
Birthdate: December 19, 1945
Birthplace: Canton, Illinois, United States

 11 Robert Noyce

Robert Noyce
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Famous As: Co-inventor of the integrated circuit
Birthdate: December 12, 1927
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: June 3, 1990

American engineer Robert Noyce, who co-invented the integrated circuit, later gained the nickname the Mayor of Silicon Valley. The co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, Noyce is also said to have given Silicon Valley its name with his invention that included a silicon microchip. He was also a swimming champion.

 12 Eugene Stoner

Eugene Stoner
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: November 22, 1922
Birthplace: Gosport, Indiana, United States
Died: April 24, 1997

Eugene Stoner is largely remembered for developing the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle, which was a forerunner of the M16 rifle used by the American military. Though he didn’t have any formal education beyond high school, Stoner, like his Russian counterpart, Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, revolutionized the arms industry with his inventions.

 13 Tommy Rettig

Tommy Rettig
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1996

 14 Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 23, 1954
Birthplace: Manchester

Ross Brawn is a British Formula One technical director and managing director. A former Formula One team principal, Brawn is widely regarded as the mastermind behind Michael Schumacher's record seven World Drivers' Championship titles. Also known for his charity work, Brawn came up with the Brawn Lifeboat Challenge in order to raise money for a new lifeboat for River Thames.

 15 Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford
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Famous As: Aerospace Engineer
Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 16 Michael Teutul

Michael Teutul
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Famous As: Mechanical engineer
Birthdate: November 26, 1978

American television personality Michael Teutul started working at his family company Orange County Iron Works at age 14. He worked as assistant general manager of Orange County Choppers, founded by his father Paul Teutul Sr., but was eventually forced out. Michael is known for his features in TV shows like American Chopper and American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.   

 17 Lei Jun

Lei Jun
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Chief executive officer, Engineer, Businessperson
Birthdate: December 16, 1969
Birthplace: Hubei

 18 John Ambrose Fleming

John Ambrose Fleming
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 29, 1849
Birthplace: Lancaster, England
Died: April 18, 1945

John Ambrose Fleming was an English electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube and designing the radio transmitter with which the first transatlantic radio transmission was made. Along with  Douglas Dewar and Bernard Acworth, he helped establish the Evolution Protest Movement. Fleming was also a noted photographer and artist. 

 

 19 Chris Metzen

Chris Metzen
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Famous As: Artist, Comics artist, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Voice actor, Visual artist, Author, Computer scientist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1973
Birthplace: United States of America

 20 Jorge Salcedo Cabrera

Jorge Salcedo Cabrera
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: November 25, 1947
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

 21 Hans Reiser

Hans Reiser
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Famous As: Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Homicide
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Birthplace: California

 22 Viktor Bryukhanov

Viktor Bryukhanov
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Famous As: Director of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Birthdate: December 1, 1935
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Died: October 13, 2021

 23 Andrew Gower

Andrew Gower
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Birthplace: Nottingham

Best known as Cutler from the series Being Human, Andrew Gower also impressed his fans with his performance as “Bonnie Prince” Charles Edward Stuart in Outlander. A prominent stage actor, too, he has been part of many Oxford School of Drama productions. He has also experimented with a music career.

 24 Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: December 11, 1935
Birthplace: Stuttgart
Died: April 5, 2012

The grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed Butzi, was surprisingly dismissed from his industrial design course due to his supposed incompetence. He ended up designing the legendary sports car Porsche 901, later known as the Porsche 911. He also established the Porsche Design Studio.

 25 Macky Sall

Macky Sall
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Famous As: Politician, Engineer
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Birthplace: Fatick

 26 Karl Benz

Karl Benz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Birthplace: Mühlburg, Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: April 4, 1929

Karl Benz was a German engine designer, automotive engineer, and entrepreneur.  He designed the Benz Patent Motorcar, for which he received a patent in 1886. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before venturing into developing motorcars. His Benz Patent Motorcar is widely regarded as the world's first production automobile. 

 27 Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: December 3, 1961
Birthplace: Taipei

Kai-Fu Lee is a computer scientist, writer, and businessman. One of the Chinese internet sector's most important figures, Lee is credited with creating a website called Wǒxuéwǎng, which aims at helping young people achieve in their respective careers. Also popular on social media, Lee is one of China's most-followed micro-bloggers; he has more than 50 million followers on Sina Weibo.

 28 Eric S. Raymond

Eric S. Raymond
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Famous As: Software developer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Lawyer, Computer scientist, Journalist
Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Birthplace: Boston

 29 Clarence Birdseye

Clarence Birdseye
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: December 9, 1886
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: October 7, 1956

 30 Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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Famous As: Mauritanian citizen who was detained at Guantánamo Bay detention camp without charge from 2002 until his release on October 17, 2016
Birthdate: December 21, 1970
Birthplace: Rosso, Mauritania

 31 William Mahone

William Mahone
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: December 1, 1826
Birthplace: Southampton County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 8, 1895

Engineer William Mahone wasn’t just a railway tycoon associated with the Norfolk–Petersburg Railroad but was also part of the Confederate Army. He was one of the major leaders of Virginia’s Readjusters, a coalition of African-Americans and financially backward whites. The US senator later sided with the Republican Party.

 32 William George Armstrong, Baron Armstrong

William George Armstrong, Baron Armstrong
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 26, 1810
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Died: December 27, 1900

The founder of the Armstrong Whitworth manufacturing company, William George Armstrong, also known as Baron Armstrong, redefined the design of guns and also invented the high-pressure hydraulic mechanism. Initially a lawyer, he later quit his practice to devote more time to engineering. He was also knighted for his feats.

 33 John Chard

John Chard
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Famous As: Engineer, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 21, 1847
Birthplace: Plymouth
Died: November 1, 1897

Royal Engineers army officer John Chard was one of the 11 men to receive the Victoria Cross for defeating a Zulu army of 4,000 warriors at the battle of Rorke's Drift, with a British army of 135. His handwritten account of the war was later auctioned off for £175,000.

 34 Harley Earl

Harley Earl
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: November 22, 1893
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 10, 1969

 35 Federico Faggin

Federico Faggin
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Famous As: Physicist best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004
Birthdate: December 1, 1941
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

Federico Faggin is an Italian-American engineer, physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He designed the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He is also the creator of the self-aligned MOS (metal–oxide–semiconductor) silicon-gate technology (SGT). As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Zilog, a company dedicated to microprocessors. He is the recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 

 36 Ian Livingstone

Ian Livingstone
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Famous As: Fantasy author, entrepreneur, video game developer
Birthdate: November 30, 1949
Birthplace: Prestbury

 37 Joseph Whitworth

Joseph Whitworth
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 21, 1803
Birthplace: Stockport, England
Died: January 22, 1887

Mechanical engineer Joseph Whitworth is best remembered for devising the British Standard Whitworth system for screw threads. He contributed a lot to the development of Owens College, introduced a scholarship, and left most of his fortunes to the people of Manchester. He was also made a baronet of the U.K.

 38 Marie Bashir

Marie Bashir
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Famous As: Engineer, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: December 1, 1930
Birthplace: Narrandera

Marie Bashir created history when she became the first female governor of New South Wales. A doctor, too, she was initially associated with children’s hospitals and later focused on psychiatry. She also worked for the mentally ill and homeless people from the Aboriginal community of Australia.

 39 José Napoleón Duarte

José Napoleón Duarte
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Famous As: Salvadoran Political figure
Birthdate: November 23, 1925
Birthplace: Santa Ana
Died: February 23, 1990

José Napoleón Duarte was the president of El Salvador during the tumultuous years of the Salvadoran Civil War and had witnessed mass killings of civilians by the army. Though he was supported by the U.S., he failed to remove poverty from his country and ended up being ousted by ARENA.

 40 Geoff Emerick

Geoff Emerick
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Famous As: Sound Engineer and Record Producer Who Worked With the Beatles
Birthdate: December 5, 1945
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 2, 2018

 41 Catherine Coleman

Catherine Coleman
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Famous As: Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Birthplace: Charleston

 42 Hans von Ohain

Hans von Ohain
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 14, 1911
Birthplace: Dessau, Duchy of Anhalt, Germany
Died: March 13, 1998

 43 Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman
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Famous As: Computer Network Engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

 44 Ante Markovic

Ante Markovic
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 25, 1924
Birthplace: Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: November 28, 2011

 45 Arthur E. Kennelly

Arthur E. Kennelly
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: December 17, 1861
Birthplace: Colaba, India
Died: June 18, 1939

 46 Peiter Zatko

Peiter Zatko
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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: December 1, 1970
Birthplace: Boston

 47 Lars Onsager

Lars Onsager
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Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Professor, Chemist, Theoretical physicist
Birthdate: November 27, 1903
Birthplace: Oslo
Died: October 5, 1976

Lars Onsager was a Norwegian-born American theoretical physicist and physical chemist. He is best remembered for his research at the Brown University which produced the Onsager reciprocal relations. This set of equations which he first published in 1929 earned Lars Onsager the 1968 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

 48 Valdemar Poulsen

Valdemar Poulsen
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 23, 1869
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 23, 1942

 49 Satyendra Dubey

Satyendra Dubey
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Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Birthplace: India
Died: November 27, 2003

Satyendra Dubey was an Indian Engineering Service officer who headed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) where he was the project director. Dubey was murdered at the age of 30 for exposing corruption in NHAI project. His murder instigated several protests and Dubey was honored with several awards, including the Whistleblower of the Year award from Index on Censorship.

 50 Gustaf Dalén

Gustaf Dalén
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Famous As: Physicist, Industrialist
Birthdate: November 30, 1869
Birthplace: Stenstorp, Sweden
Died: December 9, 1937

Gustaf Dalén was an industrialist, engineer, and inventor. The AGA cooker and the Dalén light are among his most prominent inventions. He was a long-term CEO of the AGA company. He received over 100 patents during his lifetime. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1912 for his invention of a special kind of automatic regulator.