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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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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Nikola Tesla Died 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
Lee de Forest Died 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
George Westinghouse Died 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
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin Died 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
Charles Proteus Steinmetz Died 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
Edwin Howard Armstrong Died 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
Bill Joy age 63 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
Albert Macovski age 89 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
Eric Schmidt age 62 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
Ray Dolby Died 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
John Bardeen Died 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
Calvin Quate age 94 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
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Died 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
Gerard J. Foschini age 78 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
Elihu Thomson Died 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
Harry D. Belock Died 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
Dr. An Wang Died 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
Paul Wilbur Klipsch Died 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
Robert Dennard age 85 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
Frank J. Sprague Died 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
Claude Shannon Died 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
Ivan A. Getting Died 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
Edmund O. Schweitzer, III age 71 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
Peter Cooper Hewitt Died 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
Robert Metcalfe 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

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George Clark Southworth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
George Clark Southworth Died at 82 (1890-1972) George Clark Southworth, who published as G. C. Southworth, was a prominent American radio engineer best known for his role in the development of waveguides in the early 1930s.

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Charles F. Brush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Charles F. Brush Died at 80 (1849-1929) Charles Francis Brush was a U.S. inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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Harry Ward Leonard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Harry Ward Leonard Died at 54 (1861-1915) Harry Ward Leonard was an electrical engineer and inventor. He is best known for his invention, the Ward Leonard motor control system. Equipment based on this invention remained in service into ...more

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Steven Sasson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Steven Sasson age 67 Steven J. Sasson is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the digital camera. Sasson is a 1972 and 1973 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering.

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Lawrence A. Hyland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Lawrence A. Hyland Died at 92 (1897-1989) Lawrence A. "Pat" Hyland was an American electrical engineer. He is one of several people credited with major contributions to the invention of radar, but is probably best known as the ...more

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Haraden Pratt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Haraden Pratt Died at 78 (1891-1969) Haraden Pratt was a noted American electrical engineer and radio pioneer. Pratt was born in San Francisco, California, where his parents were telegraph operators. He learned Morse code when ...more

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Charles Joseph Van Depoele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Charles Joseph Van Depoele Died at 46 (1846-1892) Charles Joseph Van Depoele was an electrical engineer, inventor, and pioneer in electric railway technology, including the first trolley pole.

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Richard H. Ranger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Richard H. Ranger Died at 73 (1889-1962) Richard Howland Ranger was an American electrical engineer, music engineer and inventor. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of John Hilliard and Emily Anthen Gillet Ranger, He served ...more

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Charles Apgar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Charles Apgar Charles Apgar, a New Jersey amateur radio operator, is known for making the earliest surviving recordings of a radio signal in 1914. He died at the age of 85 on August 17, 1950.

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Harvey Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Harvey Hubbell Died at 70 (1857-1927) Harvey Hubbell II, was a U.S. inventor, entrepreneur and industrialist. His best-known inventions are the U.S. electrical plug and the pull-chain light socket. In 1888, at the age of thirty-one, ...more

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Orlando R. Marsh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Orlando R. Marsh Died at 57 (1881-1938) Orlando R. Marsh was an electrical engineer raised in Wilmette, Illinois. In early 1920s Chicago, Illinois he pioneered electrical recording of phonograph discs with microphones when acoustic ...more

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Willis Harman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Willis Harman Died at 79 (1918-1997) Willis Harman was an American engineer, social scientist, academic, futurist, writer, and visionary. He is best remembered for his work with SRI International, for being president of the ...more

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Robert Bowie Owens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Robert Bowie Owens Died at 70 (1870-1940) Robert "Bobby" Bowie Owens was a U.S. electrical engineer. He was the director of the Maryland Academy of Science. He was secretary of Franklin Institute from 1910 to 1924. He is ...more

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John Robinson Pierce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
John Robinson Pierce Died at 92 (1910-2002) John Robinson Pierce, was an American engineer and author. He worked extensively in the fields of radio communication, microwave technology, computer music, psychoacoustics, and science fiction. ...more

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Amar Bose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Amar Bose Died at 84 (1929-2013) Amar Gopal Bose was an Indian American academic and entrepreneur. An electrical engineer and sound engineer, he was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over 45 years. He ...more

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Harry Nyquist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Harry Nyquist Died at 87 (1889-1976) Harry Nyquist was an important contributor to communication theory.

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Gerald Ash is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Gerald Ash age 75 Gerald R. Ash is a retired electrical engineer who worked at Bell Labs. His research has focused on routing problems; he is known for the development of Dynamic Non-Hierarchical Routing.

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Andrew Freeman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Andrew Freeman Died at 87 (1909-1996) Andrew Freeman, was the inventor of the electric block heater for automobiles. Freeman first developed a block heater around 1947, and received U.S. Patent #2487326 on 8 November 1949. He was ...more

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Dan Bricklin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Dan Bricklin age 66 Daniel Singer "Dan" Bricklin, often referred to as “The Father of the Spreadsheet”, is the American co-creator, with Bob Frankston, of the VisiCalc spreadsheet program. He also founded ...more

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Martin Walt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Martin Walt Martin Walt is a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, U.S.. He specializes in magnetospheric physics. He is also the father of Stephen Walt, a professor at Harvard ...more

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Robert Calderbank is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Robert Calderbank age 64 Robert Calderbank is a professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics and director of the Information Initiative at Duke. He received a BSc from Warwick University in ...more

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Harold Rosen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Harold Rosen age 92 Harold A. Rosen is an American electrical engineer, known as "the father of the geostationary satellite", and "father of the communications satellite". He formed and led the ...more

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Edward E. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Edward E. Simmons Died at 93 (1911-2004) Edward E. Simmons Jr. was an electrical engineer and the inventor of the bonded wire resistance strain gauge. Simmons attended the California Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. in ...more

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Hal Abelson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Hal Abelson Harold "Hal" Abelson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a fellow of the IEEE, and a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software

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Hendrik Wade Bode is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Electrical Engineers from the United States
Hendrik Wade Bode Died at 77 (1905-1982) Hendrik Wade Bode was an American engineer, researcher, inventor, author and scientist, of Dutch ancestry. As a pioneer of modern control theory and electronic telecommunications he ...more