List of Famous Mechanical Engineers People

List of Famous Mechanical Engineers

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

List includes Nikola Tesla, Mark Serrurier and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known mechanical engineers to the lesser known mechanical engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the mechanical engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous mechanical engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous mechanical engineers?" then you're in the right place. (254 items)


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    Willis Carrier
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    Willis Haviland Carrier was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1876-1950)
    • Birthplace: Angola, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer
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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, Eurasia, Croatia
    • Profession: Futurist, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mechanical engineer, + more
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    Rudolf Diesel
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    Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. Diesel was the subject of the 1942 film Diesel.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1858-1913)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer
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    William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical engineer, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy and for his many ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Educator, Screenwriter, Scientist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Back to the Future, BattleBots, Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye, + more
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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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    James Watt
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    James Watt, FRS, FRSE was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both his native Great Britain and the rest of the world. While working as an instrument maker at the University of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1736-1819)
    • Birthplace: Greenock, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Chemist, Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer
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    Fyodor Yurchikhin
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    Fyodor Nikolayevich Yurchikhin, is a Russian cosmonaut of Greek descent and RSC Energia test-pilot who has flown on three spaceflights. His first spaceflight was a 10-day Space Shuttle mission STS-112. His second was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer for ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Batumi, Georgia
    • Profession: Flight engineer, Astronaut, Mechanical engineer
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    Karl Benz
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    Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha Benz, pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. Other German contemporaries, Gottlieb ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1844-1929)
    • Birthplace: Mühlburg, Germany
    • Profession: Inventor, Engineer
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    Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1847-1931)
    • Birthplace: Ohio, Milan, United States, with Territories, Erie County
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, Scientist, + more
    • Credits: The Patchwork Girl of Oz, The Execution of Mary Stuart, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, Carmencita, President McKinley Inauguration Footage, + more
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    Mikhail Vladislavovich Tyurin is a Russian cosmonaut.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Kolomna, Russia
    • Profession: Flight engineer, Astronaut, Mechanical engineer
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    Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1863-1947)
    • Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Wayne County, Michigan
    • Profession: Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Industrialist, + more
    • Credits: Because of Love
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    Arthur Claude Ruge was an American mechanical engineer and inventor who developed and pioneered the modern bonded wire resistance strain gauge.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1905-2000)
    • Birthplace: Tomah, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer
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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: Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
    • Profession: Inventor, Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft designer, Engineer
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    Carl Wilhelm Siemens
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    Charles William Siemens FRSA was a German-born engineer who for most of his life worked in Britain and later became a British subject.more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1823-1883)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Gehrden, Lower Saxony, Germany
    • Profession: Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    James Henry Northrop

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    James Henry Northrop
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    James Henry Northrop, was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, where he worked in the textile industry. He emigrated to Boston, MA, in the USA in 1881. By 1898, working in Hopedale, Massachusetts for George Draper and Sons he had filed several hundred patents some of which were used ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1856-1940)
    • Birthplace: Keighley, United Kingdom
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    Charles Babbage
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    Charles Babbage, FRS was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer. Considered a "father of the computer", Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1791-1871)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Inventor, Philosopher, Engineer
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    Thomas Leith

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    Thomas Leith
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    Thomas Orr Leith OBE, FRAE was a leading Scottish mechanical engineer and industrialist.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1926-2005)
    • Birthplace: Cathcart, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mechanical engineer, Industrialist
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    George Stephenson
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    George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. Renowned as the "Father of Railways", the Victorians considered him a great example ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1781-1848)
    • Birthplace: Wylam, Tynedale, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer
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    Sergei Krikalev
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    Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev is a Russian cosmonaut and mechanical engineer. As a prominent rocket scientist, he is a veteran of six space flights and has spent more time in space than any other human: a total of 803 days, 9 hours, and 39 minutes. He retired from spaceflight in 2007 and is currently ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Astronaut, Mechanical engineer
    • Credits: Out of the Present
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