Taurus Engineers

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 1 Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon
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Famous As: Mathematician, Cryptographer
Birthdate: April 30, 1916
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: February 24, 2001

Claude Shannon was an electrical engineer, mathematician, and cryptographer. He is credited with publishing the article A Mathematical Theory of Communication which gave rise to the field of information theory. Hence, Shannon is considered the father of information theory. He is also credited with founding digital circuit design theory. During World War II, he contributed to the field of cryptanalysis.

 2 Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi
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Famous As: Inventor & Physicist
Birthdate: April 25, 1874
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: July 20, 1937

Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian electrical engineer and inventor best remembered for his work on long-distance radio transmission. Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio, was honored with the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the field of wireless telegraphy. Also a businessman, Marconi founded the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in 1897. 

 3 Lisa Nowak

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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy captain Lisa Nowak was part of the STS-121 mission. She made headlines when she apparently attempted to kidnap Air Force captain Colleen Shipman, who was getting into a relationship with astronaut William Oefelein, who had previously dated Nowak. Nowak was subsequently dismissed from NASA.

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 4 Granville Woods

Granville Woods
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1910

Granville Woods was 10 when he began working at a machine shop, while continuing his studies at a night school. He grew up to become a steam locomotive engineer and earned the nickname the Black Edison for his countless inventions, most of which were related to electrical systems for railways.

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 5 Henry Gantt

Henry Gantt
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 20, 1861
Birthplace: Calvert County
Died: November 23, 1919

Best known for creating the Gantt Chart, a management tool used for scheduling tasks, mechanical engineer Henry Gantt had been a disciple and colleague of Frederick W. Taylor. He also prepared ground for the Human Relations School of management and spoke about the social responsibility of business.

 6 Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21, 1961

Best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system used in long-haul trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones was orphaned at age 7. He quit school as a child and took up menial jobs. After briefly serving the army, he focused on inventing machine parts and ended up with over 60 patents.

 7 Peter Molyneux

Peter Molyneux
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Famous As: Game programmer, Engineer, Programmer, Game designer
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Birthplace: Guildford

Peter Molyneux is an English programmer and video game designer. He is credited with creating several popular video games like Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, Godus, and the Fable series. In 2004, he was inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. In 2011, Peter Molyneux was honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 8 Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 6, 2002

A pioneering computer scientist from the Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra had initially studied theoretical physics, before focusing on computers. He developed the domain of structured programming and also won honors such as the Turing Award. He died at 72, after a long struggle with cancer.

 9 Roger Boisjoly

Roger Boisjoly
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Famous As: Mechanical Engineer
Birthdate: April 25, 1938
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 6, 2012

A miller’s son, Roger Boisjoly excelled in tennis while in school and eventually grew up to become a mechanical engineer and an aerodynamicist. As part of the Morton Thiokol team that designed the Space Shuttle Challenger, he correctly predicted that its faulty design could cause an explosion, but was ignored.

 10 Hans Albert Einstein

Hans Albert Einstein
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Famous As: Engineer, Educator
Birthdate: May 14, 1904
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: July 26, 1973

 11 David H. Koch

David H. Koch
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Famous As: Co-owner of Koch Industries
Birthdate: May 3, 1940
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: August 23, 2019

 12 Thomas Midgley, Jr.

Thomas Midgley, Jr.
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Famous As: Mechanical and chemical engineer
Birthdate: May 19, 1889
Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 2, 1944

Thomas Midgley Jr. was an American chemical and mechanical engineer. Midgley played a key role in the development of leaded gasoline and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which were later banned due to their negative impact on the environment and human health. Thomas Midgley Jr. was granted over 100 patents during his lifetime.

 13 Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams
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Famous As: Industrial designer known for braun consumer products, Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System
Birthdate: May 20, 1932
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

 14 Henry J. Kaiser

Henry J. Kaiser
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Famous As: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 9, 1882
Birthplace: Sprout Brook
Died: August 24, 1967

 15 Martin Eberhard

Martin Eberhard
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 15, 1960
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

Martin Eberhard is an American entrepreneur, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with co-founding Tesla, Inc. in 2002. He then served as the company's chairman and CEO. Martin Eberhard was inducted into the University of Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.

 16 Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson
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Famous As: Inventor of the First Email System
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
Died: March 5, 2016

 17 Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt
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Famous As: Billionaire heir, engineer and industrialist.
Birthdate: May 9, 1966
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, West Germany

 18 Dieter Zetsche

Dieter Zetsche
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Famous As: Engineer, Businessperson, Merchant, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 5, 1953
Birthplace: Istanbul
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 19 Fredrik Neij

Fredrik Neij
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Birthplace: Jönköping

One of the co-founders of the torrent site The Pirate Bay, Fredrik Neij created headlines after being charged with copyright infringement. He spent 10 months in a prison in Skänninge, Sweden. After his release, he decided to set up base in Laos and work in the IT sector.

 20 Marc Isambard Brunel

Marc Isambard Brunel
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 25, 1769
Birthplace: Hacqueville, Normandy, France
Died: December 12, 1849

French-British engineer Marc Isambard Brunel is best known for constructing the Thames Tunnel and had been the chief engineer of New York City. He had also spent time in a debtor’s prison for his association with loss-making projects. He was the father of renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

 21 Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 10, 1958
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer and classical flautist. A former astronaut, Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in space. In 2012, she became the first Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center. Ochoa has won several prestigious awards including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal and Space Flight Medals. In 2017, she was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.

 22 Oliver Heaviside

Oliver Heaviside
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Telegraphy
Birthdate: May 18, 1850
Birthplace: Camden Town
Died: February 3, 1925

Oliver Heaviside was an English mathematician and physicist. He invented a new technique for solving differential equations and independently developed vector calculus. He is also credited with rewriting Maxwell's equations in the form commonly used today. He formulated the telegrapher’s equations and invented the Heaviside step function as well. In 1922, he received the Faraday Medal.

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 23 Ian Murdock

Ian Murdock
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Famous As: Software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project and Progeny Linux Systems
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: December 28, 2015

 24 R. J. Mitchell

R. J. Mitchell
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Famous As: Aeronautical engineer
Birthdate: May 20, 1895
Birthplace: Butt Lane, Kidsgrove, England
Died: June 11, 1937

Aeronautical designer R. J. Mitchell joined Supermarine at age 21 and worked for them throughout his life. Remembered for designing sea planes, he was also the man behind the fighter aircraft Spitfire, which was used extensively during World War II. The film The First of the Few chronicled his life.

 25 Andrew Schlafly

Andrew Schlafly
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Famous As: Lawyer, Engineer, Teacher
Birthdate: April 27, 1961
Birthplace: Alton

 26 Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti
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Famous As: Astronaut, Aviator, Engineer
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Birthplace: Milan

 27 Bill Hewlett

Bill Hewlett
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 20, 1913
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: January 12, 2001

 28 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Birthplace: Portsea Island, England
Died: August 26, 1923

Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer,  physicist, mathematician, and inventor. She is remembered for her work on electric arcs and ripple marks in sand and water, for which she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. As a woman in the 19th century, she had to face innumerable struggles in her career. She was also a passionate suffragist. 

 29 Patrice Désilets

Patrice Désilets
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Famous As: Game designer
Birthdate: May 9, 1974
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Canadian game designer Patrice Désilets is best known for his Assassin's Creed game series. He also contributed to the creative direction of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Hype: The Time Quest. After leaving Ubisoft, he formed his own studio, the Montreal-based Panache Digital Games.

 30 John Frank Stevens

John Frank Stevens
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Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: April 25, 1853
Birthplace: West Gardiner, Maine, United States
Died: June 2, 1943

John Frank Stevens, who was mostly a self-taught engineer, worked on the Panama Canal as its chief engineer. Initially associated with the Great Northern Railway, he was later also sent to Russia as part of a team working on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He won awards such as the Hoover Medal.

 31 Peter Cooper Hewitt

Peter Cooper Hewitt
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: May 5, 1861
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 1921

 32 Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Birthplace: Sudan

Telecom magnate Mo Ibrahim was born in Sudan and educated in Egypt and the U.K. His company Celtel International was one of the pioneers in the mobile phone industry in Africa and the Middle East. He was featured on Forbes’s billionaire’s list and offers scholarships for African students through his foundation.

 33 Gustaf de Laval

Gustaf de Laval
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 9, 1845
Birthplace: Blasenborg, Sweden
Died: February 2, 1913

Swedish scientist and engineer Gustaf de Laval is remembered for his pioneering contribution to the development of high-speed turbines and the de Laval nozzle. He also made milk-cream separators and milking machines. Apart from being a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, he was also named to the Swedish parliament.

 34 Theodore von Karman

Theodore von Karman
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 11, 1881
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: May 6, 1963

Hungarian-American mathematician Theodore von Karman is best known for his research on aeronautics. Born to a professor father, Karman was a math prodigy in childhood and was pushed into engineering. He was also the first recipient of the National Medal of Science. A bachelor for life, he lived with his mother and sister.

 35 Anton Furst

Anton Furst
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Famous As: Scenographer
Birthdate: May 6, 1944
Birthplace: London
Died: November 24, 1991

 36 Benjamin Lee Whorf

Benjamin Lee Whorf
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Linguist
Birthdate: April 24, 1897
Birthplace: Winthrop, Massachusetts
Died: July 26, 1941

Benjamin Lee Whorf was a linguist cum fire prevention engineer. Along with his mentor Edward Sapir, he developed what is frequently called the “Sapir–Whorf hypothesis.” Even though he was a chemical engineer by profession, he developed an early interest in linguistics and presented several papers at linguistics conferences. Unfortunately, he died at the relatively young age of 44. 

 37 Paul Baran

Paul Baran
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 29, 1926
Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus
Died: March 26, 2011

 38 Lazare Carnot

Lazare Carnot
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Famous As: Mathematician, Politician, Engineer, Officer, Physicist
Birthdate: May 13, 1753
Birthplace: Nolay
Died: August 2, 1823

Lazare Carnot was a French physicist, mathematician, and politician. His role in the Napoleonic Wars and French Revolutionary Wars earned him the sobriquet Organizer of Victory. Carnot is credited with developing innovative defensive designs for forts, such as the Carnot wall which served as a defensive mechanism against infantry and artillery attack.

 39 Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban

Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban
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Famous As: Military engineer
Birthdate: May 1, 1633
Birthplace: Saint-Léger-Vauban
Died: March 30, 1707

Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban was a French military engineer. Widely regarded as the greatest engineer of his generation, Vauban played a prominent role in Western military history. He worked under Louis XIV and his principles for fortifications were used for almost a century. He is credited with building major ports and projects including the Canal de la Bruche.

 40 Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter
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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 22, 1962
Birthplace: Reading

Known as Yak on all online forums, video-game designer and programmer Jeff Minter is also the founder of Llamasoft. His games often include characters such as llamas and camels and a healthy dose of psychedelics. He has also appeared in the movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

 41 John Resig

John Resig
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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Birthplace: Boston

 42 Ken Scott

Ken Scott
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Famous As: Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1947
Birthplace: London

Fed on pop and rock and roll since his childhood, Ken Scott first decided to become a recording engineer when he watched a television program featuring Carol Deenes' recording session. Beginning his career at Abbey Road Studios at the age of sixteen, he eventually became a successful engineer, working with scores of well-known musicians, including the Beatles and Elton John.

 43 Arthur Cotton

Arthur Cotton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 15, 1803
Birthplace: Combermere, Cheshire, England
Died: July 24, 1899

 44 Rudolf E. Kálmán

Rudolf E. Kálmán
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Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: July 2, 2016

 45 Theo de Raadt

Theo de Raadt
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Network engineer, Programmer
Birthdate: May 19, 1968
Birthplace: Pretoria

Born to a South African mother and a Dutch father in Pretoria, Theo de Raadt later moved to Canada with his family. The software engineer founded the OpenBSD and OpenSSH operating system networks and also contributed to NetBSD. He has also formed the Internet Exchange YYCIX in Calgary.

 46 Moshé Feldenkrais

Moshé Feldenkrais
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Famous As: Engineer and physicist, known as the founder of the Feldenkrais Method
Birthdate: May 6, 1904
Birthplace: Slavuta, Ukraine
Died: July 1, 1984

Moshé Feldenkrais was a Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and engineer. He founded the Feldenkrais Method of physical exercise that aims to improve mind-body coordination. He earned his Doctor of Science in Physics at the University of Paris, where he studied under Marie Curie. He earned a black belt in judo and became a co-founding member of the Ju-Jitsu Club de France. 

 47 Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is a French engineer, advocate, and public figure. A former politician, Kosciusko-Morizet was a member of parliament and also served as the mayor of Longjumeau. In 2012, she also served as Nicolas Sarkozy's spokesperson during the latter's presidential reelection campaign.

 48 Vance D. Brand

Vance D. Brand
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: May 9, 1931
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado, United States

 49 David Jay

David Jay
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 24, 1982

 50 Jace Hall

Jace Hall
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Birthdate: May 20, 1971
Birthplace: Buffalo