Famous Scottish Engineers

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 1 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell.
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 2 James Watt

James Watt.
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Famous As: Inventor of Steam Engine
Birthdate: January 19, 1736
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: August 25, 1819
Eighteenth-century Scottish inventor James Watt developed the Newcomen steam engine, by inventing the Watt steam engine, which brough about the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world. He also co-owned the firm Boulton and Watt and laid down concepts such as horsepower and the watt, the SI unit of power.
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 3 John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird.
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helensburgh
Died: June 14, 1946

Scottish inventor, electrical engineer, and innovator, John Logie Baird, is best known for demonstrating a working TV system in 1926. He then went on to invent the first viable purely electronic color TV picture tube and founded the Baird Television Development Company. He was inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.

 4 William Murdoch

William Murdoch.
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 21, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lugar, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1839

 5 Thomas Telford

Thomas Telford.
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: August 9, 1757
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died: September 2, 1834

Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford had begun his career as a mason at 14, having lost his father in infancy. A self-taught architect, he was responsible for building many structures, including the Caledonian Canal and the Menai Suspension Bridge. Named The Colossus of Roads, he symbolized the Scottish Enlightenment.

 6 John Loudon McAdam

John Loudon McAdam
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Famous As: Civil engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: September 21, 1756
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ayr, Scotland
Died: November 26, 1836

Scottish engineer John Loudon McAdam introduced the world to the macadam road surface, which was more economical and effective than all previous road-construction methods. He suggested that roads should be constructed at an elevated level for better drainage. He also became Britain’s Surveyor-General of Metropolitan Roads.

 7 Robert Stevenson

Robert Stevenson
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Famous As: engineer, civil engineer
Birthdate: June 8, 1772
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: July 12, 1850
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 8 Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer
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Famous As: engineer, programmer
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 9 Robin Guthrie

Robin Guthrie
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Famous As: Record producer, Composer, Audio engineer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grangemouth

 10 David Dunbar Buick

David Dunbar Buick
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 17, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arbroath, Scotland
Died: March 5, 1929

 11 John Rennie the Elder

John Rennie the Elder.
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: June 7, 1761
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phantassie
Died: October 4, 1821

John Rennie the Elder was a Scottish civil engineer considered a pioneer in the use of structural cast iron. He designed many bridges, canals, docks, and warehouses. As a young boy, he spent much time in the workshop of Andrew Meikle, a prominent mechanical engineer, and learned from him. He then went on to establish his own engineering practice.  

 12 Robert Stirling

Robert Stirling
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Famous As: Clergyman
Birthdate: October 25, 1790
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Perthshire, Scotland
Died: June 6, 1878

 13 John Scott Russell

John Scott Russell
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 9, 1808
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 8, 1882

 14 Alexander Winton

Alexander Winton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grangemouth, Scotland
Died: June 21, 1932

 15 Andrew Meikle

Andrew Meikle
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 5, 1719
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: November 27, 1811

 16 Henry Bell

Henry Bell
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 7, 1767
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torphichen, Scotland
Died: March 14, 1830

 17 Adam Clark

Adam Clark
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: August 14, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: June 23, 1866

 18 John Elder

John Elder
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Famous As: Marine Engineer
Birthdate: March 8, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: September 17, 1869

 19 Alfred Ewing

Alfred Ewing
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 27, 1855
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: January 7, 1935

 20 David Anderson

David Anderson
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: July 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leven, Scotland
Died: March 27, 1953

 21 Thomas Leith

Thomas Leith
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cathcart, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 7, 2005