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Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States

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List of notable or famous electrical engineers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top electrical engineers born in the United States and even some popular electrical engineers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American electrical engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These electrical engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known electrical engineer from the United States is included when available.

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This historic electrical engineers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American electrical engineers of note?" and "Who are the most famous electrical engineers from the United States?" These prominent electrical engineers of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American electrical engineers.

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)
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 ...more
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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1873-1961)
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 ...more
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George Westinghouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1846-1914)
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. ...more
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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1858-1935)
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 ...more
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Charles Proteus Steinmetz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923)
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 ...more
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Edwin Howard Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 64 (1890-1954)
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 ...more
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Bill Joy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 64
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 ...more
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Albert Macovski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 90
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 ...more
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Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 63
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 ...more
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Ray Dolby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1933-2013)
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 ...more
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John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)
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 ...more
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Calvin Quate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 95
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 ...more
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Julius Edgar Lilienfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1882-1963)
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld was an Austro-Hungarian-born American Physicist and Electronic Engineer. He was born to a Jewish family in Lemberg Austria-Hungary and moved to the United States in the ...more
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Gerard J. Foschini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 79
Gerard Joseph Foschini, is an American telecommunications engineer who has worked for Bell Laboratories since 1961. His research has covered many kinds of data communications, particularly ...more
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Elihu Thomson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1853-1937)
Elihu Thomson was an English engineer and inventor who was instrumental in the founding of major electrical companies in the United States, the United Kingdom and France.
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Harry D. Belock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 91 (1908-1999)
Harry David Belock was an American electronics inventor, engineer and entrepreneur.
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Dr. An Wang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1920-1990)
Dr. An Wang was a Chinese American computer engineer and inventor, and co-founder of computer company Wang Laboratories, which was known primarily for its dedicated word processing machines. An ...more
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Paul Wilbur Klipsch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 98 (1904-2002)
Paul Wilbur Klipsch was an American engineer and high fidelity audio pioneer, known for developing a high-efficiency folded horn loudspeaker. Unsatisfied with the sound quality of phonographs ...more
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Robert Dennard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 86
Robert Dennard is an American electrical engineer and inventor. Dennard was born in Terrell, Texas, U.S.. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist ...more
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Frank J. Sprague is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)
Frank Julian Sprague was an American naval officer and inventor who contributed to the development of the electric motor, electric railways, and electric elevators. His contributions were ...more
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Claude Shannon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1916-2001)
Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is famous for having founded ...more
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Ivan A. Getting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 91 (1912-2003)
Ivan Alexander Getting was an American physicist and electrical engineer, credited with the development of the Global Positioning System. He was the co-leader of the research group which ...more
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Edmund O. Schweitzer, III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 72
Edmund O. Schweitzer, Jr. founded E. O. Schweitzer Manufacturing in 1950 for the purpose of manufacturing fault indicator technology. His father, Edmund O. Schweitzer, was a co-founder of ...more
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Peter Cooper Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 60 (1861-1921)
Peter Cooper Hewitt was an American electrical engineer and inventor, who invented the first mercury-vapor lamp in 1901. Hewitt was issued U.S. Patent 682,692 on September 17, 1901. In 1903, ...more
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Robert Metcalfe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
age 72
Robert Melancton "Bob" Metcalfe is an electrical engineer from the United States who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law. As of January 2006, he is a ...more