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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Chamath Palihapitiya
(Founder and CEO of Social Capital)

Chamath Palihapitiya
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Birthdate: September 3, 1976
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Chamath Palihapitiya went from being a Sri Lankan refugee in Canada to a successful venture capitalist. He founded Social Capital and has also worked at Facebook. He was the youngest vice-president of AOL. He co-owns the Golden State Warriors basketball team and has invested in Palantir, Pure Storage, and Playdom.

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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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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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Bernhard Caesar Einstein
(The son of Hans Albert Einstein)

Bernhard Caesar Einstein
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Birthdate: September 10, 1930
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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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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Sergei Krikalev
(Cosmonaut)

Sergei Krikalev
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Birthdate: August 27, 1958
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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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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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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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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Anousheh Ansari
(American-Iranian engineer)

Anousheh Ansari
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Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Birthplace: Mashhad

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
(Aerospace engineer, Rocket Scientist)

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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Andrew Grove
(Businessman)

Andrew Grove
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Birthdate: September 2, 1936
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 21, 2016
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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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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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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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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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Jade Raymond
(Known for helping create the Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs franchises)

Jade Raymond
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Birthdate: August 28, 1975
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.

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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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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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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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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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William Mulholland
(Civil engineer)

William Mulholland
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Birthdate: September 11, 1855
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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Vagit Alekperov
(Entrepreneur, Founder of Vagit Alekperov)

Vagit Alekperov
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Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
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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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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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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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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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Ben Chifley
(Politician)

Ben Chifley
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Birthdate: September 22, 1885
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.

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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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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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Bill Stevenson
(Musician, Record producer)

Bill Stevenson
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Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

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David Dunbar Buick
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Birthdate: September 17, 1854
Birthplace: Arbroath, Scotland
Died: March 5, 1929

David Dunbar Buick was a Scottish-born American inventor best remembered for establishing the popular Buick Motor Company, which went on to become the basis of the General Motors empire. In 1974, Buick was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his immense contribution to the automobile industry in the United States of America.

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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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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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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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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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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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Valentin Glushko
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Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Birthplace: Odesa, Russian Empire
Died: January 10, 1989