List of Famous Electrical Engineers People

List of Famous Electrical Engineers

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

Everyone from Mr. Bean to Edwin Howard Armstrong is included on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known electrical engineers to the lesser known electrical engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the electrical engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous electrical engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous electrical engineers?" then you're in the right place. (440 items)


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    Nikola Tesla
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    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before immigrating ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1856-1943)
    • Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
    • Profession: Futurist, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mechanical engineer, + more
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    Guglielmo Marconi
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    Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1874-1937)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Michael Faraday
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    Michael Faraday FRS was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most influential ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1791-1867)
    • Birthplace: Newington Butts, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist, Philosopher
    • Credits: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
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    Lee de Forest
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    Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite." In 1906 de Forest invented the Audion, the first triode vacuum tube and the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1873-1961)
    • Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Inventor, Film Director, Electrical engineer, + more
    • Credits: My Old Kentucky Home, A Musical Monologue, Ben Bernie and All the Lads, Love's Old Sweet Song, A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, + more
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    George Westinghouse
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    George Westinghouse, Jr. was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, gaining his first patent at the age of 22. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for much of his career, Westinghouse was one of Thomas Edison's main rivals in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1846-1914)
    • Birthplace: Schoharie, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Loni Love is an American comedienne and actress. Before quitting her job as an electrical engineer in 2003, Love began to pursue a career in stand up comedy. She was the runner-up on Star Search 2006 and was named among the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in both Variety and Comedy Central in 2009. She is ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Electrical engineer
    • Credits: Soul Plane, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Bad Asses, truTV Presents: World's Dumbest..., + more
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    Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
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    Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D., also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian American physicist and physical chemist. Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication by placing loading coils at predetermined ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1858-1935)
    • Birthplace: Idvor, Serbia
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Professor, Inventor, Scientist, + more
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    Charles Proteus Steinmetz
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    Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric power industry in the United States, formulating mathematical theories for engineers. He made ground-breaking ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1865-1923)
    • Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
    • Profession: Mathematician, Inventor, Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg were American citizens executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The other atomic spies who were caught by the FBI offered confessions and were not executed, including Ethel's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1918-1953)
    • Birthplace: New York
    • Profession: Actor, Electrical engineering, Secretary, Singer, Electrical engineer
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    Edwin Howard Armstrong
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    Edwin Howard Armstrong was an American electrical engineer and inventor. He has been called "the most prolific and influential inventor in radio history". He invented the regenerative circuit while he was an undergraduate and patented it in 1914, followed by the super-regenerative circuit in 1922, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1890-1954)
    • Birthplace: Chelsea, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Charles Frederick Burgess was an American chemist and engineer. He was founder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison department of Chemical Engineering in 1905, and was a pioneer in the development of electrochemical engineering. In 1917 he founded the Burgess Battery Company.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1873-1945)
    • Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Chemist, Engineer
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    Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, a device for measuring acidity, later considered to have "revolutionized the study of chemistry and biology".more

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    • Age: Died at 104 (1900-2004)
    • Birthplace: Cullom, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Chemist, Inventor
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    Bill Joy
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    William Nelson "Bill" Joy is an American computer scientist. Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andreas von Bechtolsheim, and served as chief scientist at the company until 2003. He played an integral role in the early development of BSD UNIX while a ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Venture capitalist, Computer scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Albert Macovski
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    Albert Macovski is an American Professor at Stanford University, known for his many innovations in the area of imaging, particularly in the medical field. He has over 150 patents and has authored over 200 technical articles. His innovations include the single-tube color camera and real-time phased array ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Profession: Professor, Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Philo Farnsworth
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    Philo Taylor Farnsworth was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many contributions that were crucial to the early development of all-electronic television. He is perhaps best known for inventing the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device, the "image dissector", as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1906-1971)
    • Birthplace: Beaver, Beaver County, United States of America, Utah, United States, + more
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Eric Schmidt
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    Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since coming to Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Software Engineer, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Ray Dolby
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    Ray Milton Dolby, OBE was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex. He was the founder of Dolby Laboratories. He was also a billionaire and a member of the Forbes 400 with an estimated net worth of US$2.9 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1933-2013)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    John Bardeen
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    John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the invention of the transistor; and again in 1972 with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer for a fundamental ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1908-1991)
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Calvin Quate
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    Calvin F. Quate was born on 7 December 1923 in Baker, Nevada. He is one of the inventors of the atomic force microscope. He is a professor emeritus of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah ...more

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    • Age: age 92
    • Birthplace: Baker, Nevada, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Steven Mann is a researcher and inventor best known for his work on computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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