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Jack Kilby
(Inventor of integrated circuit)
Jack Kilby
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Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Birthplace: Jefferson City
Died: June 20, 2005

Nobel Prize-winning engineer Jack Kilby is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the integrated circuit. Born to an electrical engineer, he had his first brush with gadgets as an amateur radio operator. Initially a Texas Instruments employee, he later also taught at the Texas A&M University.

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Amar Bose
(The Founder of 'Bose Corporation')
Amar Bose
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Birthdate: November 2, 1929
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 12, 2013

Amar Bose was an American academic, entrepreneur, sound engineer, and electrical engineer. Bose served as a professor at MIT for more than 45 years. He is also credited with founding a manufacturing company called Bose Corporation where he served as the chairman. In 2008, Amar Bose was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

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Steven Wilson
(Engineer, Guitarist, Audio engineer, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Steven Wilson
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Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead
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 4 
Gene Haas
(Engineer)
Gene Haas
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Birthdate: November 12, 1952
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
 5 
Paul Buchheit
(Creator of Gmail)
Paul Buchheit
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Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States

Paul Buchheit is an American entrepreneur and computer engineer. He is credited with creating Gmail and developing a prototype of Google AdSense. In 2007, he launched FriendFeed, which was later acquired by Facebook. In 2011, Paul Buchheit was honored with the Economist Innovation Award. Also a noted philanthropist, Paul Buchheit has made donations to several health organizations.

 6 
George Barris
(automotive designer)
George Barris
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Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 5, 2015
 7 
Bill Joy
(Computer scientist, co-founded Sun Microsystems)
Bill Joy
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Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Birthplace: Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
 8 
Peter Munk
(Engineer)
Peter Munk
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Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Birthplace: Budapest

Peter Munk was a Hungarian-Canadian investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with founding numerous high-profile business ventures, such as Clairtone Sound Corporation Limited, Barrick Gold Corporation, and TrizecHahn Corporation. He also helped found the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation which has given away over $300 million to various non-profit organizations that aim at improving the lives of Canadians.

 9 
Milton Bradley
(Publisher, Writer)
Milton Bradley
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Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Birthplace: Vienna, Maine, United States
Died: May 30, 1911
 10 
Charles K. Kao
(Electrical Engineer and Physicist Who Developed the Use of "Fiber Optics" in Telecommunications)
Charles K. Kao
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Birthdate: November 4, 1933
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 23, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning Chinese physicist Charles K. Kao is best remembered for his discovery of how light is transmitted through fibre-optic cables. Named the Godfather of Broadband, he was also knighted by the U.K. Following his diagnosis of Alzheimer disease, he co-founded the Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease.

 11 
Ronald Evans
(American Electrical Engineer and Aeronautical Engineer)
Ronald Evans
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Birthdate: November 10, 1933
Birthplace: St. Francis, Kansas, United States
Died: April 7, 1990
 12 
Chris Sununu
(82nd Governor of New Hampshire)
Chris Sununu
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Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Birthplace: Salem, New Hampshire, United States
 13 
Rudy Van Gelder
(Recording engineer)
Rudy Van Gelder
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Birthdate: November 2, 1924
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 25, 2016
 14 
Peter Norton
(Art collector, Programmer, Computer scientist)
Peter Norton
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Birthdate: November 14, 1943
Birthplace: Aberdeen
 15 
Roy Thomas Baker
(English Record Producer, Songwriter and Arranger)
Roy Thomas Baker
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Birthdate: November 10, 1946
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
 16 
Jamie Zawinski
(Engineer, Programmer, Nightclub owner, Computer scientist)
Jamie Zawinski
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Birthdate: November 3, 1968
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
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Liviu Dragnea
(Romanian Politician and Social Democratic Party Leader Who Was Imprisoned for Corruption)
Liviu Dragnea
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Birthdate: October 28, 1962
Birthplace: Gratia

Starting his career in politics with the Democratic Party, Romanian politician Liviu Dragnea eventually switched to the Social Democratic Party and became its leader. He also served as the deputy prime minister of Romania and the president of the Chamber of Deputies. He was involved in a major corruption scandal, too.

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Arthur Rudolph
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
Arthur Rudolph
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Birthdate: November 9, 1906
Birthplace: Stepfershausen
Died: January 1, 1996
 19 
William J. Knight
(American Aeronautical Engineer)
William J. Knight
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Birthdate: November 18, 1929
Birthplace: Noblesville, Indiana, United States
Died: May 7, 2004
 20 
Harry Ferguson
(Inventor of Modern 'Tractor' and First Four-Wheel Drive 'Formula One' Car)
Harry Ferguson
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Birthdate: November 4, 1884
Birthplace: County Down, Ireland
Died: October 25, 1960

Known as the Mad Mechanic, Harry Ferguson was the man behind the invention of the modern tractor, popularly known as the Wee Grey Fergie. He was also the first Irish to build and fly his own plane. His legacy lives on in the Massey Ferguson brand of agricultural machinery.

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Andrei Tupolev
(Designer)
Andrei Tupolev
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Birthdate: November 10, 1888
Birthplace: Tver Governorate
Died: December 23, 1972
 22 
Nick Holonyak
(Engineer)
Nick Holonyak
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Birthdate: November 3, 1928
Birthplace: Zeigler, Illinois, United States
 23 
Phil Katz
(Programmer, Computer scientist)
Phil Katz
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Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Birthplace: Milwaukee
Died: April 14, 2000
 24 
Alexander Lippisch
(Aeronautical Engineer)
Alexander Lippisch
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Birthdate: November 2, 1894
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: February 11, 1976
 25 
Richard G. Scott
(Nuclear engineer)
Richard G. Scott
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Birthdate: November 7, 1928
Birthplace: Pocatello
Died: September 22, 2015

Richard G. Scott was an American religious leader and scientist. He played a prominent role in the development of the Mormon Church, serving as an important member of one of the Church's governing bodies, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Before becoming an important member of the Church, Scott worked for Naval Reactors as a nuclear engineer. 

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Galileo Ferraris
(One of the Pioneers of AC Power System and Inventor of the Induction Motor)
Galileo Ferraris
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Birthdate: October 31, 1847
Birthplace: Livorno Ferraris, Italy
Died: February 7, 1897

Galileo Ferraris was an Italian university professor, physicist, and electrical engineer. He was one of the pioneers of AC power system. He is also credited to be the inventor of the three-phase induction motor although he never patented his work. He worked at the Italian Industrial Institution and later at the Italian Electrotechnical Association.

 27 
Emil Škoda
(Engineer)
Emil Škoda
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Birthdate: November 18, 1839
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: August 8, 1900
 28 
Frank Piasecki
(Engineer)
Frank Piasecki
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Birthdate: October 24, 1919
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 11, 2008

Aeronautical engineer Frank Piasecki was the first American to get a helicopter pilot’s license. Remembered as the pioneer of the tandem rotor design of helicopters, also known as the Flying Banana model. The National Medal of Technology winner had also designed the first helicopter for the American navy.

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Albert Espinosa
(Writer, Screenwriter, Engineer, Film director)
Albert Espinosa
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Birthdate: November 5, 1973
Birthplace: Barcelona

A qualified industrial engineer, Albert Espinosa was diagnosed with cancer at age 14 and lost a leg, among other body parts, to the disease. Following his recovery, he ventured into screenwriting and also penned bestsellers such as The Yellow World. His life inspired the series The Red Band Society.

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Charles Bedaux
(American Millionaire Who Made His Fortune Developing and Implementing the Work Measurement Aspect of Scientific Management)
Charles Bedaux
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Birthdate: October 26, 1886
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 18, 1944

Charles Bedaux was a French-American millionaire and production engineer. He is credited with developing the Bedaux System, which decides the amount of money to be paid for a given amount of time. A reliable management consultant, Charles Bedaux worked closely with Nazis and British royalty alike.

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Robert Esnault-Pelterie
(French Aircraft Designer Known for His Contributions to the Beginnings of Heavier-Than-Air Flight in Europe)
Robert Esnault-Pelterie
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Birthdate: November 8, 1881
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 6, 1957
French aircraft designer Robert Esnault-Pelterie was the first to build ailerons for maintaining lateral control. He also coined the term astronautics. He pioneered several designs of monoplanes and was named to the International Space Hall of Fame. There is a crater on the Moon that bears his name.
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Oskar Barnack
(German Inventor and Designer of the First Precision Miniature Camera)
Oskar Barnack
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Birthdate: November 1, 1879
Birthplace: Lynow, Germany
Died: January 16, 1936

Oskar Barnack was a German photographer and inventor. He is credited with building a device, which would later become the first successful 35mm still-camera. Barnack developed the camera, which was named Leica, at the Leitz Company where he was working as an engineer. Oskar Barnack is also credited with creating news images, which he made with his 35 mm camera.

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Marcian Hoff
(One of the Inventors of the Microprocessor)
Marcian Hoff
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Birthdate: October 28, 1937
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
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G. Madhavan Nair
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
G. Madhavan Nair
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Birthdate: October 31, 1943
Birthplace: Kulasekaram

G. Madhavan Nair is an Indian space scientist who played a key role in the development of space technology while serving as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He is also credited with establishing the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in Kerala. In 2009, Nair was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.

 35 
Anton Flettner
(Engineer)
Anton Flettner
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Birthdate: November 1, 1885
Birthplace: Hattersheim am Main, Germany
Died: December 29, 1961
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Thomas Brassey
(Civil Engineer)
Thomas Brassey
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Birthdate: November 7, 1805
Birthplace: Buerton
Died: December 8, 1870

Initially a surveyor, Thomas Brassey later built some of the most well-known railway lines of the world. The British contractor contributed to the Grand Junction Railway, Canada’s Grand Trunk Railway, and the Crimean Railway. He later also became a Liberal MP and a governor of Victoria, Australia.

 37 
Anil Kakodkar
(Engineer)
Anil Kakodkar
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Birthdate: November 11, 1943
Birthplace: Barwani

Anil Kakodkar is an Indian mechanical engineer and nuclear physicist who served as the director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from 1996 to 2000. He is one of the core members of the team which conducted Pokharan II nuclear tests. Over the course of his career, Kakodkar has received several prestigious awards, such as the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

 38 
Mohammed Al Barwani
(Businessperson, Engineer)
Mohammed Al Barwani
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Birthdate: October 30, 1951
Birthplace: Oman
 39 
William Strickland
(Architect)
William Strickland
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Birthdate: 1788
Birthplace: Navesink, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 6, 1854

Known for his pioneering written work on railroad construction, engineer and architect William Strickland was also one of the leaders of the 19th-century Greek Revival style of architecture. He designed structures such as the US Mint, contributed to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and was also one of the first American lecturers of architecture.

 40 
Max Mathews
(Musical Artist)
Max Mathews
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Birthdate: November 13, 1926
Birthplace: Nebraska, United States
Died: April 21, 2011
 41 
Alexandre Darracq
(French Investor, Engineer, Cycle Manufacturer and Automobile Manufacturer)
Alexandre Darracq
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Birthdate: November 10, 1855
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 2, 1931
Alexandre Darracq was a French engineer, investor, cycle manufacturer and automobile manufacturer. He established Automobiles Darracq France in Suresnes and was one of the first to plan mass production of motor vehicles. By 1904, Darracq was producing more than ten percent of all automobiles in France. He also built racing cars and founded a school for racing drivers.
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Kerim Kerimov
(Engineer)
Kerim Kerimov
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Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: March 29, 2003
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Jeffrey Vitter
(Computer scientist, Engineer)
Jeffrey Vitter
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Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Birthplace: New Orleans
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Mikhail Yangel
(Leading Designer in Missile Program of the Former Soviet Union)
Mikhail Yangel
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Birthdate: November 7, 1911
Birthplace: Zyryanovka, Russia
Died: October 25, 1971
 45 
Ulrich Bez
(German Businessman and Former CEO of Aston Martin)
Ulrich Bez
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Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Birthplace: Bad Cannstatt, Germany
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Mauro Moretti
(Former CEO and general manager of Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly Finmeccanica, from May 2014 to May 2017)
Mauro Moretti
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Birthdate: October 29, 1953
Birthplace: Rimini, Italy
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Gennady Strekalov
(Astronaut Who Was Part of the First Russian-American Flight to the Mir Space Station)
Gennady Strekalov
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Birthdate: October 26, 1940
Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
Died: December 25, 2004

Initially a coppersmith at the Russian aircraft manufacturer OKB-1, or RSC Energia, Gennady Strekalov later joined the company’s engineer cosmonaut group. He not only flew 5 times in space, but was also part of the first Russian-American collaborative flight to the Mir space station. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union.

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Terence Marsh
(British Production Designer.)
Terence Marsh
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Birthdate: November 14, 1931
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 9, 2018
 49 
Frederick Handley Page
(Industrialist)
Frederick Handley Page
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Birthdate: November 15, 1885
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died: April 21, 1962
 50 
Arthur Woolf
(British Engineer Famous for Inventing a High-Pressure 'Compound Steam Engine')
Arthur Woolf
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Birthdate: 1766
Birthplace: Camborne, England
Died: October 16, 1837

British engineer Arthur Woolf was a pioneer of the compound steam engine. Starting his career as a carpenter, he later worked for Joseph Bramah. While working at a London brewery, he began working with steam power and ended up inventing the Woolf high-pressure compound engine, almost twice efficient as James Watt’s engine.