List of Famous Civil Engineers People

List of Famous Civil Engineers

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List of famous civil engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top civil engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent civil engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable civil engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic civil 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 civil engineers.

List is made up of people like Osama bin Laden and Leonardo da Vinci.

From reputable, prominent, and well known civil engineers to the lesser known civil engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the civil engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous civil engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous civil engineers?" then you're in the right place. (848 items)



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    Leonardo da Vinci
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    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more
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    Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the militant organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. He was a Saudi Arabian, a member of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1957-2011)
    • Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    • Profession: Businessperson, Engineer
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    Harold Egbert Camping was an American Christian radio broadcaster, author and evangelist. Beginning in 1958, he served as president of Family Radio, a California-based radio station group that broadcasts to more than 150 markets in the United States. In October 2011, he retired from active broadcasting ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)
    • Birthplace: Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Author, Radio personality, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Yasser Arafat
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    Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa, popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar, was a Palestinian leader. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, President of the Palestinian National Authority, and leader of the Fatah political party and former ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1929-2004)
    • Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
    • Profession: Politician, Civil engineer
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    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an Iranian politician who was the sixth President of Iran from 2005 to 2013. He was also the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country. An engineer and teacher from a poor background, Ahmadinejad ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Aradan, Iran
    • Profession: Politician, Civil engineer, Teacher
    • Credits: Letters to the President, Iran: The Hundred Year War
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    Henry Liu was a retired American civil engineer and the president of Freight Pipeline Company, now known as EcologicTech. Liu earned his PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University with research on fluid mechanics, and then worked as a professor of civil engineering at University of Missouri ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1936-2009)
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Engineer
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    Konrad Zuse was a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941. Thanks to this machine and its predecessors, Zuse has often been regarded as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1910-1995)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Herbert Hoover
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    Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer, and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, and became internationally known for humanitarian relief efforts in war-time ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1874-1964)
    • Birthplace: West Branch, Iowa, USA
    • Profession: Businessperson, Civil engineer, Engineer
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    Gustave Eiffel
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    Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1832-1923)
    • Birthplace: Dijon, France
    • Profession: Chemical engineer, Civil engineer, Designer, Structural engineer, Engineer
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    George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.
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    George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an American engineer. He is mostly known for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition.more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1859-1896)
    • Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Inventor, Engineer
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    Jay Kim
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    Chang Joon “Jay” Kim is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California and ambassador for Korean-American relations. He was the first Korean-American to be elected to the United States Congress.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Profession: Politician, Civil engineer
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    Fidel V. Ramos
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    Fidel Valdez Ramos AFP PLH GCMG, popularly known as FVR and Eddie, was the 12th President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During his six years in office, Ramos was widely credited and admired by many for revitalizing and renewing international confidence in the Philippine economy. Prior to his ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Ilocos Region, Pangasinan, Lingayen, Pangasinan
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Soldier, Civil 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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    James Buchanan Eads
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    Captain James Buchanan Eads was a world-renowned American civil engineer and inventor, holding more than 50 patents.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1820-1887)
    • Birthplace: Lawrenceburg, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Inventor, Architect, Structural engineer, Engineer
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    James Finley
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    James Finley, aka Judge James Finley, is widely recognized as the first designer and builder of the modern suspension bridge. Born in Ireland, Finley moved to a 287-acre farm in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, near Uniontown. Elected a justice of the peace in 1784, he went on to become county commissioner ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1756-1828)
    • Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Inventor, Engineer
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    Henry Ward Poole
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    Henry Ward Poole was an American surveyor, civil engineer, educator and writer on and inventor of systems of musical tuning. He was brother of the famous librarian William Frederick Poole, and cousin of the celebrated humorist, journalist and politician Fitch Poole.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1825-1890)
    • Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Inventor, Engineer
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    Theodore Burr was an inventor from Torrington, Connecticut, who was credited with the Burr Arch Truss bridge design and was cousin of vice president Aaron Burr. Theodore Burr came to Oxford, New York in 1792. By 1794, he had built a grist mill, and a dam to power the mill. In 1800 he built the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1771-1822)
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Inventor, Engineer
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    Henry Petroski
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    Henry Petroski is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis. A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, he is also a prolific author. Petroski has written over a dozen books – beginning with To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design and ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Civil engineer, Author, Engineer
    • Credits: When Engineering Fails
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    Walter Huston
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    Walter Thomas Huston was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of actor and director John Huston, the grandfather of Pablo Huston, Walter Anthony Huston, Anjelica Huston, Danny Huston, and Allegra Huston, and the great-grandfather of actor Jack Huston.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1883-1950)
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Maltese Falcon, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, And Then There Were None, Duel in the Sun, + more
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    Robert Stephenson FRS was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the greatest engineer of the 19th century. Robert was born in Willington Quay, Northumberland, to George and Frances née ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1803-1859)
    • Birthplace: Willington Quay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Mechanical engineer, Engineer
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