TRENDING 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. You might also enjoy the biggest feuds in science history and a list of completely useless inventions built by the world's greatest geniuses. 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.

This list of successful people who specialize in mechanical engineering includes Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Bill Nye, and more. Consisting of female mechanical engineers and other lesser known mechanical scientists, this list has them all! 

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. 

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Willis Carrier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1856-1943)

Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia

Nationality: Austrian Empire, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

Profession: Futurist, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist Mechanical engineer, + more

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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

Nationality: France, Germany

Profession: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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: 60

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Educator, Screenwriter, Scientist Actor, + more

Credits: Bill Nye the Science Guy, An Honest Liar, Ellen's Energy Adventure, StarTalk

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)

Birthplace: Karnal, India

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Scientist, Mechanical engineer Aerospace Engineer, + more

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Felix Wankel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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Felix Heinrich Wankel was a German mechanical engineer and inventor after whom the Wankel engine was named. ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1902-1988)

Birthplace: Lahr, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Profession: Engineer

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James Watt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1736-1819)

Birthplace: Greenock, United Kingdom

Nationality: Kingdom of Great Britain, Scotland

Profession: Chemist, Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

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Fyodor Yurchikhin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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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 ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Batumi, Georgia

Nationality: Russia, Georgia

Profession: Flight engineer, Astronaut, Mechanical engineer

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