Famous Engineers from Belgium

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Frank De Winne and Leo Baekeland.

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

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  • Dirk Frimout
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    Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout (born 21 March 1941 in Poperinge, Belgium) is an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. He flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-45 as a payload specialist, making him the first Belgian in space.
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Poperinge, Belgium
  • Egide Walschaerts

    Egide Walschaerts (21 January 1820 – 18 February 1901) was a Belgian mechanical engineer, best known as the inventor of the Walschaerts valve gear for use in steam locomotives. He was born in Mechelen, Belgium. In 1838 he was recognised as an excellent modeller, presenting his work at a local exhibition in Mechelen. Minister Rogier, who opened the exhibition, was so impressed that he arranged a place for Walschaerts at Liège University.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1820-1901)
    • Birthplace: Mechelen, Belgium
  • Étienne Lenoir
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    Étienne Lenoir

    Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir also known as Jean J. Lenoir (12 January 1822 – 4 August 1900) was a Belgian engineer who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Prior designs for such engines were patented as early as 1807 (De Rivaz engine), but none were commercially successful. Lenoir's engine was commercialized in sufficient quantities to be considered a success, a first for the internal combustion engine. He was born in Mussy-la-Ville (then in Luxembourg, part of the Belgian Province of Luxembourg since 1839). In 1838, he emigrated to France, taking up residence in Paris, where he developed an interest in electroplating. His interest in the subject led him to make several ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1822-1900)
    • Birthplace: Luxembourg
  • Frank De Winne
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    Frank, Viscount De Winne (born 25 April 1961, in Ledeberg, Belgium) is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He is Belgium's second person in space (after Dirk Frimout). He was the first ESA astronaut to command a space mission when he served as commander of ISS Expedition 21. ESA astronaut de Winne serves currently as Head of the European Astronaut Centre of the European Space Agency in Cologne/Germany (Köln).
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
  • Germinal Pierre Dandelin
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    Germinal Pierre Dandelin (12 April 1794 – 15 February 1847) was a mathematician, soldier, and professor of engineering.
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1794-1847)
    • Birthplace: France
  • Leo Baekeland
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    Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland FRSE(Hon) (November 14, 1863 – February 23, 1944) was a Belgian chemist. He is best known for the inventions of Velox photographic paper in 1893 and Bakelite in 1907. He has been called "The Father of the Plastics Industry" for his invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, nonflammable and versatile plastic, which marked the beginning of the modern plastics industry.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1863-1944)
    • Birthplace: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium