List of Famous Aerospace Engineers People

List of Famous Aerospace Engineers

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List of famous aerospace engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top aerospace engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent aerospace engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable aerospace engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic aerospace engineers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned aerospace engineers.

The list you're viewing contains people like Samuel Pierpont Langley and Glenn Curtiss.

From reputable, prominent, and well known aerospace engineers to the lesser known aerospace engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the aerospace engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous aerospace engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous aerospace engineers?" then you're in the right place. (328 items)


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    Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. He is the founder of SpaceX and a cofounder of Paypal, Inc., Tesla Motors, and Zip2. He ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
    • Profession: Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, + more
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    Wernher von Braun
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    Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect, but made his greatest contributions as an aerospace program manager. He was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States and is ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1912-1977)
    • Birthplace: Greater Poland Voivodeship, Greater Poland, Europe, Poland, Gmina Wyrzysk, + more
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Rocket scientist, Writer
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    Alexander P. de Seversky
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    Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1894-1974)
    • Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
    • Profession: Pilot, Businessperson, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Author, + more
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    Robert H. Goddard
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    Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926. Goddard and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1882-1945)
    • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Professor, Inventor, Scientist, Aerospace Engineer
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    Stephen Frick
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    Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Frick graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 1982, earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1986, was commissioned as a United ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Samuel Pierpont Langley
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    Samuel Pierpont Langley was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation. He attended Boston Latin School, graduated from English High School of Boston, was an assistant in the Harvard College Observatory, then moved to a job ostensibly as a professor of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1834-1906)
    • Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Aviation, Astronomer, + more
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    Igor Sikorsky
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    Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz in 1913, and the first airliner, Ilya Muromets, in 1914. After immigrating to the United States in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1889-1972)
    • Birthplace: Eastern Europe, Rus', Europe, Ukraine, Kiev, + more
    • Profession: Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft designer, Engineer
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    Glenn Curtiss
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    Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. He began his career as a bicycle racer and builder before moving on to motorcycles. As early as 1904, he began to manufacture engines for airships. In 1908 Curtiss joined the Aerial Experiment ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1878-1930)
    • Birthplace: Hammondsport, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Juan de la Cierva
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    Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu, 1st Count of De La Cierva was a Spanish civil engineer, pilot and aeronautical engineer. His most famous accomplishment was the invention in 1920 of the Autogiro, a single-rotor type of aircraft that came to be called autogyro in the English language. In 1923, after four ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1895-1936)
    • Birthplace: Murcia, Spain
    • Profession: Pilot, Civil engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Jerome Clarke Hunsaker was an American airman born in Creston, Iowa, and educated at the Naval Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1886-1984)
    • Birthplace: Creston, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Yuri Shargin
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    Yuri Georgiyevich Shargin is a cosmonaut in the Russian Space Forces. He was born March 20, 1960 in Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russian SFSR. He is divorced and has two children. Shargin graduated from the Military Engineering Academy for Aeronautics and Astronautics located in Leningrad. He is a Lieutenant ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russia
    • Profession: Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Howard Head
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    Howard Head was an aeronautical engineer who is credited with the invention of laminate skis and the oversized tennis racket. Head founded the ski making firm Head in 1950. Later he became chairman of Prince Manufacturing Inc. The U.S. patents for the laminate skis and oversized tennis racket are in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1914-1991)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Hugh Robinson
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    Hugh Armstrong Robinson was a pioneer in the earliest days of aviation, combining his skills of inventor, pilot, and daredevil. Among other things, he is said to have been the third person to successfully fly an aircraft after the Wright Brothers in a plane of his own design and construction and the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1881-1963)
    • Birthplace: Neosho, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Assen "Jerry" Jordanoff born Asen Khristov Yordanov, September 2, 1896, Sofia, Bulgaria – d. October 19, 1967, White Plains, New York was a Bulgarian American inventor, engineer, and aviator. Jordanoff is considered to be the founder of aeronautical engineering in Bulgaria, as well as a contributor to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1896-1967)
    • Birthplace: Eastern Europe, Southeast Europe, Europe, Eurasia, Bulgaria
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Preston Rogers Bassett was an inventor, engineer, and pioneer in instruments for aviation.more

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    • Age: Died at 100 (1892-1992)
    • Profession: Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Joseph Smith
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    Joseph Smith CBE was an English aircraft designer who took over as Chief Designer for Supermarine's upon the death of R. J. Mitchell and led the team responsible for the subsequent development of the Supermarine Spitfire.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1897-1956)
    • Profession: Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Barnes Wallis
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    Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, CBE FRS, RDI, FRAeS, was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in Operation Chastise to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War II. The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1887-1979)
    • Birthplace: Ripley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Inventor, Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Arthur Rudolph
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    Arthur Louis Hugo Rudolph was a rocket engineer who played a key role in the development of the V-2 rocket and a former high-level Nazi given sanctuary by the US government following World War II. He was brought to the United States by the Office of Strategic Services, subsequently becoming a pioneer of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1906-1996)
    • Birthplace: Meiningen, Eurasia, Thuringia, Germany
    • Profession: Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Yuriy Vasilievich Kondratyuk, real name Aleksandr Ignatyevich Shargei, was a Ukrainian and Soviet engineer and mathematician. He is a pioneer of astronautics and spaceflight, a theoretician and a visionary who, in the early 20th century, developed the first known Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, a key concept ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1897-1942)
    • Birthplace: Ukraine, Poltavskyi Raion, Poltava, Eurasia, Poltava Oblast
    • Profession: Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
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    Kalpana Chawla
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    Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)
    • Birthplace: Karnal, India
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Scientist, Mechanical engineer, Aerospace Engineer, + more
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