Virgo Engineers

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 1 M. Visvesvaraya

M. Visvesvaraya
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: September 15, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 2 John McAfee

John McAfee
Famous As: Computer Programmer
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 3 Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York

Ursula Burns made history when she became the CEO of Xerox, becoming the first African-American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Raised by a working-class single mother, Burns grew up to graduate as a mechanical engineer. She has led the American STEM Education Coalition and served various corporate boards.

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 4 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche
Famous As: Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vratislavice 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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 5 Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering
Famous As: Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
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. 

 6 Fritz Todt

Fritz Todt
Famous As: Engineer, Politician, Civil engineer, Architect
Birthdate: September 4, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
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. 

 7 Bernhard Caesar Einstein

Bernhard Caesar Einstein
Famous As: The son of Hans Albert Einstein
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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 8 Sergei Krikalev

Sergei Krikalev
Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 9 John McCarthy

John McCarthy
Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: September 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston
Died: October 24, 2011

 10 Andrew Grove

Andrew Grove
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 21, 2016

 11 Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano
Famous As: Architect, Politician
Birthdate: September 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 12 Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari
Famous As: American-Iranian engineer
Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mashhad

 13 Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti
Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 14 Godfrey Hounsfield

Godfrey Hounsfield
Famous As: Developer of X-ray computed tomography
Birthdate: August 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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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 15 David Packard

David Packard
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pueblo
Died: March 26, 1996

 16 John Loudon McAdam

John Loudon McAdam
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.

 17 Gregory Jarvis

Gregory Jarvis
Famous As: Engineer, Astronaut, Officer
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: January 28, 1986

 18 Daniel Fredinburg

Daniel Fredinburg
Famous As: Google X Engineer
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
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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 19 Jade Raymond

Jade Raymond
Famous As: Known for helping create the Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs franchises
Birthdate: August 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canadian video-game creator and former Ubisoft executive Jade Raymond is best known for creating the Assassin’s Creed game franchise. Also known for her Watch Dogs games, she has announced the creation of a Montreal-based personal studio, Haven Studios. She has previously worked with Google’s Stadia Games streaming service.

 20 Pi'erre Bourne

Pi'erre Bourne
Famous As: Best known for producing the singles 'Magnolia' by Playboi Carti and 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine
Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States
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 21 Charles Simonyi

Charles Simonyi
Famous As: Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 22 Osborne Reynolds

Osborne Reynolds
Famous As: Physicist, Civil engineer, Engineer
Birthdate: August 23, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
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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 23 Boyd Coddington

Boyd Coddington
Famous As: Designer, Engineer
Birthdate: August 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rupert
Died: February 27, 2008

 24 Eugene Chaplin

Eugene Chaplin
Famous As: Recording Engineer
Birthdate: August 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swiss

 25 Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, Blogger, Businessperson, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 26 William Mulholland

William Mulholland
Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: September 11, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland, United Kingdom
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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 27 Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman
Famous As: Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Engineer
Birthdate: August 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hoylake

One of Britain’s greatest cyclists, Chris Boardman is an Olympic gold medalist and has three Tour de France stage wins in his kitty. Nicknamed The Professor, for his preparation for his races, he now produces cycles under the brands Boardman Bikes and Boardman Elite. He is also Greater Manchester’s Transport Commissioner.

 28 Arpad Miklos

Arpad Miklos
Famous As: Adult Film Star, Engineer, Actor
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: February 3, 2013

 29 Ilya Salmanzadeh

Ilya Salmanzadeh
Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 30 Vagit Alekperov

Vagit Alekperov
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku

 31 Joe Barton

Joe Barton
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waco, Texas Waco, Texas, U.S.

 32 Virgilio Barco Vargas

Virgilio Barco Vargas
Famous As: President
Birthdate: September 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: CĂșcuta, Colombia
Died: May 20, 1997

 33 Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton
Famous As: Businessperson, Engineer
Birthdate: September 3, 1728
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 34 Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 22, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Died: June 13, 1951

Australian prime minister and Labor Party leader Ben Chifley is chiefly remembered for introducing banking reforms, the expansion of social programs such as immigration schemes, and his light on the hill speech. Born to a blacksmith, he initially worked as a railwayman and then joined politics through trade union movements.

 35 Tom Hall

Tom Hall
Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wisconsin

 36 Yuan Longping

Yuan Longping
Famous As: Biologist, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing

 37 Robert Crippen

Robert Crippen
Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: September 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States

 38 Robert H. Dennard

Robert H. Dennard
Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: September 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Terrell, Texas, United States

 39 William Playfair

William Playfair
Famous As: Economist, Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician
Birthdate: September 22, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 40 Maher Arar

Maher Arar
Famous As: engineer
Birthdate: September 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 41 Bill Stevenson

Bill Stevenson
Famous As: Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 42 David Dunbar Buick

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

 43 Heinz Lammerding

Heinz Lammerding
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dortmund
Died: January 13, 1971

 44 Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts
Famous As: American computer pioneer and physician
Birthdate: September 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Died: April 1, 2010

 45 Sandy Petersen

Sandy Petersen
Famous As: Game designer
Birthdate: September 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis

 46 Joe Engle

Joe Engle
Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator
Birthdate: August 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chapman

 47 Squire Whipple

Squire Whipple
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: September 16, 1804
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 48 Fob James

Fob James
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 49 Avijit Roy

Avijit Roy
Famous As: Engineer, Blogger
Birthdate: September 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bangladesh
Died: February 26, 2015

 50 Valentin Glushko

Valentin Glushko
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Russian Empire
Died: January 10, 1989