Famous Swiss Engineers

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Bernhard Caesar Einstein
(The son of Hans Albert Einstein)

Bernhard Caesar Einstein
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Birthdate: September 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dortmund, Germany
Died: September 30, 2008

Swiss-American physicist and engineer Bernhard Caesar Einstein was better known as the only grandchild of Albert Einstein to have survived beyond childhood. While two of his biological brothers died in infancy, his parents adopted a girl child, too. He grew up to work on night vision and laser technology.

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Auguste Piccard
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Birthdate: January 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: January 28, 1963

Swiss-born Belgian physicist Auguste Piccard is best remembered for his research on the Earth’s upper stratosphere. He designed his own ships to explore the depth of the seas and also built balloons to study cosmic rays. His bathyscaphe remains one of his best-known inventions. He also co-discovered the magnetocaloric effect.

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Jacques Piccard
(Engineer)

Jacques Piccard
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Birthdate: July 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: November 1, 2008

Oceanic engineer Jacques Piccard is remembered for his revolutionary inventions such as the mesoscaphe and the bathyscaphe, which he had built for under-sea exploration. The son of renowned engineer and explorer Auguste Piccard, he was initially an economics teacher but later began collaborating with his father on various inventions.

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Niklaus Wirth
(Computer Scientist)

Niklaus Wirth
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Birthdate: February 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland

Turing Award-winning Swiss computer scientist Niklaus Wirth revolutionized information technology with his invention of computer languages such as ALGOL-W, PASCAL, and MODULA. He has also taught at Stanford and ETH Zürich and penned a number of books on algorithms and data structures. He has also popularized Wirth's law.

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Eugene Chaplin
(Recording Engineer)

Eugene Chaplin
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Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swiss

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Othmar Herman Ammann
(Civil engineer)

Othmar Herman Ammann
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Birthdate: March 26, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Died: September 22, 1965

Swiss-American engineer Othmar Herman Ammann is best remembered for designing long suspension bridges, such as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. He also owned a firm in New York and had a long stint with the Port of New York Authority. He also designed part of the Lincoln Center.

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Anna Murphy
(Musician and audio engineer)

Anna Murphy
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Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

While she gained recognition with the folk metal band Eluveitie, which she joined at age 16, Swiss musician Anna Murphy later also led the 3-member folk rock band Cellar Darling. Born to opera singer parents, she was never a stranger to music. Proficient in hurdy-gurdy, she also plays the flute at times.

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Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
(Civil engineer, Politician)

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
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Birthdate: June 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago

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Luigi Colani
(Architect, Engineer, University teacher)

Luigi Colani
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Birthdate: August 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin

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Erich Gamma
(Computer scientist, Engineer)

Erich Gamma
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Birthdate: March 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich

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Jean Piccard
(Chemist)

Jean Piccard
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Birthdate: January 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: January 28, 1963

Swiss-born American chemist Jean Piccard and academic had been associated with various institutes, such as the universities of Chicago, Minnesota, and Lausanne. He was also a passionate balloonist and conducted balloon flights for his research on cosmic rays and the stratosphere. He also collaborated with his balloonist wife on many inventions.

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Alexander Agassiz
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Birthdate: December 17, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: March 22, 1910

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Guillaume Henri Dufour
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Birthdate: September 15, 1787
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: July 14, 1875

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Alfred Büchi
(Engineer)

Alfred Büchi
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Birthdate: July 11, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: October 27, 1959

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Johann Georg Bodmer
(Swiss inventor)

Johann Georg Bodmer
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Birthdate: December 6, 1786
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: May 29, 1864

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Johannes Grubenmann
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Birthdate: June 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Teufen, Switzerland
Died: June 10, 1771