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Famous Engineers from England

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List of notable or famous engineers from England, with bios and photos, including the top engineers born in England and even some popular engineers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English 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 England is included when available.

This list has everything from Mr. Bean to Ada Lovelace.

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

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    BirthplaceNewcastle-upon-Tyne, England, UK

    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence...  more

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  • 2

    BirthplaceBedford, United Kingdom

    Carol Jean Vorderman, MBE (born 24 December 1960) is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008, publishing newspaper...  more
  • 3

    Ada Lovelace

    Dec. at 36 (1815-1852)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical...  more

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  • 4

    Joe Meek

    Dec. at 37 (1929-1967)

    BirthplaceNewent, United Kingdom

    Robert George "Joe" Meek (5 April 1929 – 3 February 1967) was an English record producer, sound engineer and songwriter who pioneered space age and experimental pop music. He also assisted the...  more

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  • 5
    Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 28 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of...  more
  • 6

    Henry Moseley

    Dec. at 27 (1887-1915)

    BirthplaceWeymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

    Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley (; 23 November 1887 – 10 August 1915) was an English physicist, whose contribution to the science of physics was the justification from physical laws of the previous...  more
  • 7
    Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consisted of 15 episodes that...  more

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  • 8

    Joseph Bramah

    Dec. at 66 (1748-1814)

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Stainborough

    Joseph Bramah (13 April 1748 – 9 December 1814), born Stainborough Lane Farm, Stainborough, Barnsley Yorkshire, was an English inventor and locksmith. He is best known for having invented the...  more
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    Joseph Smith

    Dec. at 58 (1897-1956)
    Joseph ("Joe") Smith CBE (25 May 1897 – 20 February 1956) was an English aircraft designer who took over as Chief Designer for Supermarine upon the death of R. J. Mitchell and led the team...  more
  • 10

    Barnes Wallis

    Dec. at 92 (1887-1979)

    BirthplaceRipley, United Kingdom

    Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979), was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in...  more
  • 11

    Robert Stephenson

    Dec. at 55 (1803-1859)

    BirthplaceWillington Quay, United Kingdom

    Robert Stephenson FRS was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the greatest...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, England, London

    Steven John Wilson (born 3 November 1967) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. Currently a solo artist, he became...  more

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  • 13
    Richard James Burgess (born 29 June 1949) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, author, manager, marketer and inventor. Burgess's music career spans more than 40...  more
  • 14

    Alexander Hamilton Church

    Age: 155
    Alexander Hamilton Church was an English efficiency engineer, accountant and writer on accountancy and management, known for his seminal work of management and cost accounting....  more
  • 15

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    Dec. at 53 (1806-1859)

    BirthplacePortsmouth, United Kingdom

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS, was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic...  more

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  • 16

    John Ambrose Fleming

    Dec. at 95 (1849-1945)

    BirthplaceLancaster, United Kingdom

    Sir John Ambrose Fleming FRS (29 November 1849 – 18 April 1945) was an English electrical engineer and physicist who invented the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube, designed the radio transmitter...  more
  • 17

    Hertha Marks Ayrton

    Dec. at 69 (1854-1923)

    BirthplacePortsea, United Kingdom

    Phoebe Sarah Hertha Ayrton (28 April 1854 – 26 August 1923) was a British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor, and suffragette. Known in adult life as Hertha Ayrton, born Phoebe Sarah...  more
  • 18

    Oliver Heaviside

    Dec. at 74 (1850-1925)

    BirthplaceCamden Town, London, United Kingdom

    Oliver Heaviside FRS (; 18 May 1850 – 3 February 1925) was an English self-taught electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist who adapted complex numbers to the study of electrical circuits,...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceCromer, United Kingdom

    Sir James Dyson (born 2 May 1947) is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder and chief executive of Dyson Ltd. Traditionally, he is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless...  more
  • 20

    Nevil Shute

    Dec. at 60 (1899-1960)

    BirthplaceEaling, London, United Kingdom

    Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 – 12 January 1960) was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name in his engineering career and...  more
  • 21

    John Hopkinson

    Dec. at 49 (1849-1898)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    John Hopkinson, FRS, (27 July 1849 – 27 August 1898) was a British physicist, electrical engineer, Fellow of the Royal Society and President of the IEE (now the IET) twice in 1890 and 1896. He...  more
  • 22

    Frederic Calland Williams

    Dec. at 66 (1911-1977)

    BirthplaceStockport, United Kingdom

    Sir Frederic Calland Williams, (26 June 1911 – 11 August 1977), known as F.C. Williams or Freddie Williams, was an English engineer, a pioneer in radar and computer technology....  more
  • 23

    Arthur Marshall

    Dec. at 103 (1903-2007)

    BirthplaceCambridge, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Gregory George Marshall, OBE, (4 December 1903 – 16 March 2007) was a British aviation pioneer and businessman, chairman of Marshall Aerospace between 1942 and 1989....  more
  • 24

    John Milne

    Dec. at 62 (1850-1913)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    John Milne (30 December 1850 – 31 July 1913) was a British geologist and mining engineer who worked on a horizontal seismograph....  more
  • 25

    Tom Kilburn

    Dec. at 79 (1921-2001)

    BirthplaceDewsbury, United Kingdom

    Tom Kilburn (11 August 1921 – 17 January 2001) was an English mathematician and computer scientist. Over the course of a productive 30-year career, he was involved in the development of five...  more