Sagittarius Engineers

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Gustave Eiffel
(French Civil Engineer Known for His Contribution to Building the ‘Statue of Liberty’ and ‘Eiffel Tower’)
Gustave Eiffel
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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.
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Bill Nye
(Best Known as the Host of the Science TV Show ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’)
Bill Nye
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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.

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Shiva Ayyadurai
(Indian-American Politician, Entrepreneur and Anti-Vaccine Activist)
Shiva Ayyadurai
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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.

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Edwin Howard Armstrong
(American Electrical Engineer and Inventor, Who Developed FM Radio and the Superheterodyne Receiver System)
Edwin Howard Armstrong
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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.

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Willis Carrier
(Engineer, Inventor)
Willis Carrier
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Birthdate: November 26, 1876
Birthplace: Angola, New York, United States
Died: October 7, 1950
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Alan Parsons
(Composer, Musician, Record producer)
Alan Parsons
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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.

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Max Yasgur
(Farmer)
Max Yasgur
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Birthdate: December 15, 1919
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 9, 1973
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Shawn Fanning
(Computer scientist, Programmer)
Shawn Fanning
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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.

 9 
Robert Noyce
(Co-inventor of the integrated circuit)
Robert Noyce
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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.

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Pietro Boselli
(Italian Model, Engineer, and Former Mathematics Lecturer Known as ‘World’s Sexiest Maths Teacher’)
Pietro Boselli
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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.

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Michael Teutul
(American TV personality)
Michael Teutul
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Birthdate: November 26, 1978
Birthplace: Suffern, New York, United States

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.   

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Eugene Stoner
(Designer)
Eugene Stoner
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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.

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Tommy Rettig
(Child Actor)
Tommy Rettig
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Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1996
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Guion Bluford
(Former NASA Astronaut Who Became the 1st African-American to Go into Space)
Guion Bluford
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Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Retired US Air Force officer and NASA astronaut Guion Bluford scripted history as the 2nd African-origin person and the 1st African-American to go into space. A trained fighter pilot, he also flew over 100 combat missions in the Vietnam War. The STS-8 Orbiter Challenger crew member later worked in IT and engineering services.

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Jack Fisk
(Film director, Production designer)
Jack Fisk
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Birthdate: December 19, 1945
Birthplace: Canton, Illinois, United States
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John Ambrose Fleming
(British Electrical Engineer and Physicist Who Invented the First 'Thermionic Valve' or 'Vacuum Tube')
John Ambrose Fleming
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Birthdate: November 29, 1849
Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancashire, 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. 

 

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Lei Jun
(Entrepreneur, Chief executive officer, Engineer, Businessperson)
Lei Jun
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Birthdate: December 16, 1969
Birthplace: Hubei
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Chris Metzen
(Artist, Comics artist, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Voice actor, Visual artist, Author, Computer scientist, Science fiction writer)
Chris Metzen
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Birthdate: November 22, 1973
Birthplace: United States of America
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Karl Benz
(Entrepreneur)
Karl Benz
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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. 

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Andrew Gower
(Engineer)
Andrew Gower
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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.

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Hans Reiser
(Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Homicide)
Hans Reiser
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Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Birthplace: California
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Viktor Bryukhanov
(Director of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant)
Viktor Bryukhanov
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Birthdate: December 1, 1935
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Died: October 13, 2021
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Ross Brawn
(Engineer)
Ross Brawn
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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.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
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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.

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Kai-Fu Lee
(Computer Scientist)
Kai-Fu Lee
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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.

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Macky Sall
(The 4th President of Senegal)
Macky Sall
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Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Birthplace: Fatick

The 4th president of Senegal, Macky Sall has previously also been Senegal’s prime minister and the President of the National Assembly. Initially part of the Senegalese Democratic Party, he later joined the Alliance for the Republic. He has also been Senegal’s minister of mines, energy, and water, and the mayor of Fatick.

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Eric S. Raymond
(Software developer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Lawyer, Computer scientist, Journalist)
Eric S. Raymond
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Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Birthplace: Boston
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Jorge Salcedo Cabrera
(Civil engineer)
Jorge Salcedo Cabrera
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Birthdate: November 25, 1947
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
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Clarence Birdseye
(Inventor, Engineer)
Clarence Birdseye
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Birthdate: December 9, 1886
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 7, 1956
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William Mahone
(Former United States Senator from Virginia (1881 - 1887))
William Mahone
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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.

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William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong
(English Engineer and Industrialist Who is Regarded as the Inventor of Modern Artillery)
William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong
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Birthdate: November 26, 1810
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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.

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Mohamedou Ould Slahi
(Mauritanian citizen who was detained at Guantánamo Bay detention camp without charge from 2002 until his release on October 17, 2016)
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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Birthdate: December 21, 1970
Birthplace: Rosso, Mauritania
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John Chard
(Engineer, Military personnel)
John Chard
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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.

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Geoff Emerick
(Sound Engineer and Record Producer Who Worked With the Beatles)
Geoff Emerick
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Birthdate: December 5, 1945
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 2, 2018
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Harley Earl
(Automotive designer)
Harley Earl
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Birthdate: November 22, 1893
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 10, 1969
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Federico Faggin
(Physicist best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004)
Federico Faggin
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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. 

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Radia Perlman
(Computer Network Engineer)
Radia Perlman
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Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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Ian Livingstone
(Fantasy author, entrepreneur, video game developer)
Ian Livingstone
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Birthdate: 1949
Birthplace: Prestbury
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José Napoleón Duarte
(Salvadoran Political figure)
José Napoleón Duarte
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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.

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Marie Bashir
(Engineer, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher)
Marie Bashir
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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.

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Catherine Coleman
(Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)
Catherine Coleman
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Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Birthplace: Charleston
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Joseph Whitworth
(British Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor and Philanthropist Who Devised the 'British Standard Whitworth System')
Joseph Whitworth
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Birthdate: December 21, 1803
Birthplace: Stockport, Cheshire, 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.

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Hans von Ohain
(Physicist)
Hans von Ohain
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Birthdate: December 14, 1911
Birthplace: Dessau, Duchy of Anhalt, Germany
Died: March 13, 1998
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Peiter Zatko
(Programmer)
Peiter Zatko
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Birthdate: December 1, 1970
Birthplace: Boston
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Arthur E. Kennelly
(Electrical engineer)
Arthur E. Kennelly
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Birthdate: December 17, 1861
Birthplace: Colaba, India
Died: June 18, 1939
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Lars Onsager
(Physicist, Engineer, Professor, Chemist, Theoretical physicist)
Lars Onsager
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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.

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Valdemar Poulsen
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Birthdate: November 23, 1869
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 23, 1942
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.

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Gustaf Dalén
(Swedish Inventor of the 'AGA cooker' and 'Dalén light' & Recipient of the 1912 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Gustaf Dalén
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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.

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Asuman Özdağlar
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Birthdate: December 16, 1974
Birthplace: Turkey