Virgo Engineers

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M. Visvesvaraya
(Civil Engineer)
M. Visvesvaraya
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Birthdate: September 15, 1860
Birthplace: Muddenahalli, Chikballapur, Kingdom of Mysore (now in Karnataka)
Died: April 14, 1962
Sir M. Visvesvaraya is remembered for his role in revolutionizing the flood-protection system in Hyderabad and worked as the chief engineer of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam near Mysore. He received the knighthood and the Bharat Ratna. His birthday is celebrated as Engineers' Day in India, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka.
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Dick Strawbridge
(British Television Personality, Engineer and Former Army Officer)
Dick Strawbridge
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Birthdate: September 3, 1959
Birthplace: Myanmar, Burma

Dick Strawbridge is a British engineer, television personality, and former army officer. In 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service in Northern Ireland. After his military career, Strawbridge has established himself as a TV personality, appearing on several TV programs. He is popularly referred to as Colonel Dick in the media.

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Ferdinand Porsche
(Founder of Porsche Automobile Company)
Ferdinand Porsche
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Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Birthplace: ratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

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John McAfee
(Computer Programmer and Businessman Who Wrote the First Commercial Anti-Virus Software)
John McAfee
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Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Birthplace: Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: June 23, 2021

John McAfee is an English-American businessman and computer programmer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular software companies of all time, McAfee Associates, which specializes in producing enterprise security software. After leaving the company, which is now owned by TPG Capital and Intel, John McAfee went on to found other companies like Tribal Voice and Future Tense Central.

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Charles F. Kettering
(Inventor, Engineer & Businessman)
Charles F. Kettering
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Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Birthplace: Loudonville, Ohio
Died: November 25, 1958

Charles F. Kettering was an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. Kettering is credited with founding Delco Electronics Corporation. Holder of 186 patents, Kettering is also credited with the invention of Freon refrigerant for air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Over the course of his career, Charles F. Kettering won prestigious awards like the IEEE Edison Medal, Hoover Medal, and Franklin Medal. 

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Fritz Todt
(Engineer, Politician, Civil engineer, Architect)
Fritz Todt
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Birthdate: September 4, 1891
Birthplace: Pforzheim
Died: February 8, 1942

Fritz Todt was a German civil engineer and architect. A senior Nazi, Todt oversaw the construction of Reichsautobahnen, a controlled-access highway, and also served as the Reich Minister for Armaments and Ammunition. Before the start of the Second World War, Todt initiated a military-engineering company called Organisation Todt that oversaw the construction of many Nazi concentration camps. 

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John McCarthy
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, University teacher)
John McCarthy
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Birthdate: September 4, 1927
Birthplace: Boston
Died: October 24, 2011
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Sergei Krikalev
(Russian Retired Cosmonaut, Rocket Scientist and Ranks Third for the Most Time Spent in Space)
Sergei Krikalev
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Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Mark Shuttleworth
(Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, Blogger, Businessperson, Computer scientist)
Mark Shuttleworth
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Birthdate: September 18, 1973
Birthplace: Welkom

Mark Shuttleworth is a South African-British entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Canonical, the company that developed the popular Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. Mark Shuttleworth became the first African from an independent country and the first South African to travel to space; he traveled as a space tourist in 2002.

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Ettore Bugatti
(Automobile Designer)
Ettore Bugatti
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Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 21, 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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Anousheh Ansari
(American-Iranian engineer)
Anousheh Ansari
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Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Birthplace: Mashhad
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Pi'erre Bourne
(Best known for producing the singles 'Magnolia' by Playboi Carti and 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine)
Pi'erre Bourne
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Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States
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Renzo Piano
(Architect, Politician)
Renzo Piano
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Birthdate: September 14, 1937
Birthplace: Genoa

Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano was born into a family of builders from Genoa. His firm Piano and Rogers, was co-established with British architect Richard Rogers. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop worked on a number of museum commissions, most notably those of Menil Collection.

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Godfrey Hounsfield
(Developer of X-ray computed tomography)
Godfrey Hounsfield
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Birthdate: August 28, 1919
Birthplace: Newark-on-Trent, England
Died: August 12, 2004

Nobel Prize-winning British electrical engineer Godfrey Hounsfield is best known for developing the CAT and CT scan techniques along with Allan Cormack. He also led the team that developed Britain’s first all-transistor computer. He was knighted for his achievements, while the measure of radiodensity was named the Hounsfield scale.

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
(Russian Rocket Scientist Who Pioneered Astronautic Theory)
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
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Birthdate: September 17, 1857
Birthplace: Izhevskoe, Russia
Died: September 19, 1935

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a Russian rocket scientist. Credited with pioneering astronautic theory, Tsiolkovsky is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of astronautics and modern rocketry. His works served as an inspiration to several other Soviet rocket engineers like Valentin Glushko and Sergei Korolev. Hence, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's work played an influential role in the Soviet space program.

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David Packard
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist)
David Packard
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Birthdate: September 7, 1912
Birthplace: Pueblo
Died: March 26, 1996
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Gregory Jarvis
(Engineer, Astronaut, Officer)
Gregory Jarvis
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Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: January 28, 1986
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Andrew Grove
(Businessman)
Andrew Grove
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Birthdate: September 2, 1936
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 21, 2016
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John Loudon McAdam
(Civil engineer, Engineer)
John Loudon McAdam
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Birthdate: September 21, 1756
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.

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Daniel Fredinburg
(Google Executive and Climate Activist)
Daniel Fredinburg
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Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, United States
Died: April 25, 2015

Daniel Fredinburg was an American climate activist, Google executive, explorer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He was credited with co-inventing over 12 software technologies that were recognized and patented by Google. Daniel Fredinburg also served as the head of privacy at Google X before his untimely and tragic death caused by head injuries during an avalanche, at the age of 33.

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Charles Simonyi
(Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer)
Charles Simonyi
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Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Birthplace: Budapest

A Stanford PhD, Charles Simonyi initially worked on one of the world’s first computers for Xerox. He is best known for developing Microsoft Office. Though he launched his own firm, Intentional Software, he later sold it to Microsoft. Part of the Forbes Billionaires 2021 list, he also donates extensively to educational charitable causes.

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William Mulholland
(Irish-American Self-Taught Civil Engineer Known for Building the Water System of Los Angeles)
William Mulholland
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Birthdate: September 11, 1855
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: July 22, 1935

William Mulholland was initially hailed as a hero for building the first aqueduct system of Los Angeles, as the first chief engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He later resigned taking responsibility for the collapse of the St. Francis Dam, which had caused countless deaths.

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Osborne Reynolds
(Physicist, Civil engineer, Engineer)
Osborne Reynolds
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Birthdate: August 23, 1842
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: February 21, 1912

Osborne Reynolds is best remembered for revolutionizing the fields of hydraulics and fluid dynamics. Born to a clergy father who was also a mathematician, Reynolds developed an interest in mechanics early in life. Reynolds was the first engineering professor at Owens College, Manchester, and also a Royal Society fellow.

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Boyd Coddington
(Hot Rod Designer and the Owner of the Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop)
Boyd Coddington
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Birthdate: August 28, 1944
Birthplace: Rupert, Idaho, United States
Died: February 27, 2008
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Vagit Alekperov
(Russian-Azerbaijani Entrepreneur & Former President of the Oil Company 'Lukoil' (1993 - 2022))
Vagit Alekperov
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Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Vagit Alekperov is a Russian-Azerbaijani entrepreneur best known for his service as the president of the PJSC Lukoil Oil Company from 1993 to 2022. Counted among the richest people in the world, Vagit Alekperov is also known for his philanthropic efforts. In 2007, he established a non-profit organization called Our Future, which aims at promoting social entrepreneurship in Russia.

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Zdravko Krivokapic
(Prime Minister of Montenegro)
Zdravko Krivokapic
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Birthdate: September 2, 1958
Birthplace: Niksic, Montenegro
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Eugene Chaplin
(Recording Engineer)
Eugene Chaplin
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Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Birthplace: Swiss
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Matthew Boulton
(Businessperson, Engineer)
Matthew Boulton
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Birthdate: September 3, 1728
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: August 17, 1809

British manufacturer and engineer Matthew Boulton is best remembered as the financier of Scottish engineer James Watt’s pathbreaking steam engine. His Soho Manufactory initially produced metal parts, and he later stepped into John Roebuck’s shoes to partner with Watt, after Roebuck went bankrupt. He also established the Soho Mint.

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Ilya Salmanzadeh
(Musician, Singer)
Ilya Salmanzadeh
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Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Ilya Salmanzadeh is a Swedish-Persian singer, songwriter, and producer. He achieved international recognition after co-writing and producing Jennifer Lopez's First Love and Ariana Grande's Problem in 2014. He has also collaborated with other prominent artistes like Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. Ilya Salmanzadeh has won many prestigious awards like Teen Choice Award, MTV Europe Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Award.

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Joe Barton
(Politician)
Joe Barton
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Birthdate: September 15, 1949
Birthplace: Waco, Texas Waco, Texas, U.S.
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Virgilio Barco Vargas
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Birthdate: September 17, 1921
Birthplace: Cúcuta, Colombia
Died: May 20, 1997
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Tom Hall
(Computer scientist)
Tom Hall
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Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Birthplace: Wisconsin
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Yuan Longping
(Biologist, Engineer, Inventor)
Yuan Longping
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Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Birthplace: Beijing
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Robert Crippen
(Astronaut)
Robert Crippen
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Birthdate: September 11, 1937
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
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William Playfair
(Economist, Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician)
William Playfair
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Birthdate: September 22, 1759
Birthplace: Dundee
Died: February 11, 1823

Scottish engineer and political economist William Playfair is best-remembered as the inventor of statistical graphs and secret agent for Great Britain during its war with France. He published the first data graphs in his book The Commercial and Political Atlas. He used line, area and bar charts to represent the economy of 18th Century England and introduced the pie chart.

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Fob James
(Politician)
Fob James
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Birthdate: September 15, 1934
Birthplace: Lanett, Alabama, United States

Apart from being a civil engineer, Fob James was also an entrepreneur, with his own company that manufactured fitness equipment. A talented professional footballer in his younger days, he was also an All-American half-back. He served two terms as the governor of Alabama, once as a Democrat and again, as a Republican.

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Bill Stevenson
(Musician, Record producer)
Bill Stevenson
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Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
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Maher Arar
(engineer)
Maher Arar
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Birthdate: September 15, 1970
Birthplace: Syria

A Syrian engineer who later moved to Canada, Maher Arar made headlines after being detained at the JFK International Airport, on his way to Montreal after a holiday in Tunisia. Suspected of being an Al Qaeda member, he was deported to Syria and tortured, before the government realized its mistake.

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Ed Roberts
(American computer pioneer and physician)
Ed Roberts
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Birthdate: September 13, 1941
Birthplace: Miami, Florida,United States
Died: April 1, 2010
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Sandy Petersen
(Game designer)
Sandy Petersen
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Birthdate: September 16, 1955
Birthplace: St. Louis
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Joe Engle
(Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator)
Joe Engle
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Birthdate: August 26, 1932
Birthplace: Chapman
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Heinz Lammerding
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Birthdate: August 27, 1905
Birthplace: Dortmund
Died: January 13, 1971
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Squire Whipple
(Civil Engineer)
Squire Whipple
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Birthdate: September 16, 1804
Birthplace: Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA
Died: March 15, 1888

Squire Whipple is remembered for introducing the first scientific bridge construction rules. Initially a surveyor, he later invented truss designs using iron and timber. His treatise An Elementary and Practical Treatise on Bridge Building was a seminal text in railroad engineering for many years and helped in wrought and cast-iron designs.

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Aleksander Doba
(Canoeist)
Aleksander Doba
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Birthdate: September 9, 1946
Birthplace: Swarzędz, Poland
Died: February 22, 2021
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Leon Theremin
(Inventor of the First Electronic Musical Instrument 'Theremin')
Leon Theremin
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Birthdate: August 27, 1896
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: November 3, 1993

One of the pioneers of electronic music, Léon Theremin invented the aetherphone, also known as the theremin, which was the first electronic musical instrument to be mass-produced. He also doubled up as a Soviet spy, eavesdropping on the British, French, and US embassies, using the Buran device and The Thing.

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Robert H. Dennard
(Electrical Engineer)
Robert H. Dennard
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Birthdate: September 5, 1932
Birthplace: Terrell, Texas, United States
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Valentin Glushko
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Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Birthplace: Odesa, Russian Empire
Died: January 10, 1989
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Siegfried Marcus
(Former inventor who built four of the world’s earliest gasoline-powered automobiles)
Siegfried Marcus
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Birthdate: September 18, 1831
Birthplace: Malchin, Germany
Died: July 1, 1898

Starting his career as a mechanic at age 12, Siegfried Marcus grew up to be one of the most legendary engineers and manufacturers of his time. His experimental creation, known as Marcus's second car, was the first automobile with a four-cycle engine and the first that used gasoline as fuel.

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Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche
(Entrepreneur, Engineer)
Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche
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Birthdate: September 19, 1909
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt
Died: March 27, 1998

Born to an automobile designer at Austro-Daimler, Porsche AG CEO Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche, better known as Ferry Porsche, grew up working in auto workshops and racing the cars he and his father designed. Ferry and his father were commissioned by Hitler to build a low-cost "people’s car," the Volkswagen.

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David Rohl
(Egyptologist, Archaeologist, Engineer, Historian, Audio engineer, Musician)
David Rohl
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Birthdate: September 12, 1950
Birthplace: Manchester