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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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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Engineers from England
age 63 Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, 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 in the sketch ...more

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Carol Vorderman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from England
age 57 Carol Jean Vorderman MBE RAFVR is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008. Vorderman's career took off in 1982 ...more

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Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 37 (1815-1852) Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's ...more

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Joe Meek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 38 (1929-1967) Robert George "Joe" Meek was a pioneering English record producer and songwriter. His best-remembered hit is the Tornados' "Telstar", which became the first record by a ...more

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Francis Drake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Sir Francis Drake, vice admiral was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a ...more

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Henry Moseley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 28 (1887-1915) Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was an English physicist. Moseley's outstanding contribution to the science of physics was the justification from physical laws of the previous empirical and chemical ...more

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Mr. Bean is a British television programme series of fifteen 25-minute episodes written by Robin Driscoll and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character. Different episodes were also written ...more

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Joseph Bramah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 66 (1748-1814) Joseph Bramah, born Stainborough Lane Farm, Stainborough, Barnsley Yorkshire, England, was an inventor and locksmith. He is best known for having invented the hydraulic press. Along with William ...more

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Joseph Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 59 (1897-1956) Joseph Smith CBE was an English aircraft designer who took over as Chief Designer for Supermarine's upon the death of R. J. Mitchell and led the team responsible for the subsequent development ...more

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Barnes Wallis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 92 (1887-1979) Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, CBE FRS, RDI, FRAeS, was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in Operation ...more

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Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 56 (1803-1859) 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 ...more

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Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from England
age 50 Steven Wilson is a surround mix engineer, surround mastering engineer and a surround producer.

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Richard James Burgess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Engineers from England
age 68 Richard James Burgess is an English studio drummer, music-computer programmer, recording artist, record producer, composer, author, manager, marketer and inventor. He launched his career as a ...more

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Alexander Hamilton Church is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Alexander Hamilton Church Died at 70 (1866-1936) 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.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 53 (1806-1859) 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 ...more

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John Ambrose Fleming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 96 (1849-1945) Sir John Ambrose Fleming FRS was a British electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube. He is also famous for the left hand rule. He ...more

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Hertha Marks Ayrton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 69 (1854-1923) Phoebe Sarah Hertha Ayrton was an English engineer, mathematician, physicist, and inventor. She was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs and ripples in ...more

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Oliver Heaviside is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 75 (1850-1925) Oliver Heaviside FRS was a self-taught English electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist who adapted complex numbers to the study of electrical circuits, invented mathematical techniques ...more

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James Dyson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Engineers from England
age 70 Sir James Dyson, CBE, FREng is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works ...more

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Nevil Shute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 61 (1899-1960) Nevil Shute Norway was a British novelist and aeronautical engineer. He used his full name in his engineering career, and Nevil Shute as his pen name, to protect his engineering career from any ...more

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John Hopkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 49 (1849-1898) John Hopkinson, FRS, was a British physicist, electrical engineer, Fellow of the Royal Society and President of the IEE twice in 1890 and 1896. He invented the three-wire system for the ...more

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Frederic Calland Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 66 (1911-1977) Sir Frederic Calland Williams, CBE, FRS, known as 'F.C. Williams' or 'Freddie Williams', was an English engineer.

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Arthur Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 104 (1903-2007) Sir Arthur Gregory George Marshall, OBE, was a British aviation pioneer and businessman, chairman of Marshall Aerospace between 1942 and 1989.

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John Milne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 63 (1850-1913) John Milne was a British geologist and mining engineer who worked on a horizontal seismograph.

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Tom Kilburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 80 (1921-2001) Tom Kilburn CBE, FRS was an English engineer. With Freddie Williams he worked on the Williams-Kilburn Tube and the world's first stored-program computer, the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, ...more

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Samuel Morland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 70 (1625-1695) Sir Samuel Morland, 1st Baronet, or Moreland, was an English academic, diplomat, spy, inventor and mathematician of the 17th century, a polymath credited with early developments in relation to ...more

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Claire Barratt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Engineers from England
age 44 Claire Barratt is an industrial archaeologist, steam engineer and television presenter from the UK. She studied civil engineering at the University of Portsmouth, and whilst doing so, became ...more

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James Green is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 68 (1781-1849) Devon County Surveyor in early 1800's

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Tom Denning, Baron Denning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 100 (1899-1999) Alfred Thompson "Tom" Denning, Baron Denning, OM, PC, DL, QC, commonly known as Lord Denning, was an English lawyer and judge. He gained degrees in mathematics and law at Oxford ...more

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Fred Dibnah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 66 (1938-2004) Frederick "Fred" Dibnah MBE, born in Bolton, was an English steeplejack and television personality, with a keen interest in mechanical engineering. Dibnah was born in a country which ...more

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Frederick Handley Page is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 77 (1885-1962) Sir Frederick Handley Page, CBE, FRAeS was an English industrialist who was a pioneer in the aircraft industry and became known as the father of the heavy bomber. His company Handley Page ...more

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John Wolfe-Barry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 82 (1836-1918) Sir John Wolfe Barry, the youngest son of famous architect Sir Charles Barry, was an English civil engineer of the late 19th and early 20th century. His most famous project is Tower Bridge over ...more

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George Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 67 (1781-1848) George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester ...more

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Roy Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 54 (1893-1947) Roy Chadwick, CBE, FRAeS was an aircraft designer for the Avro Company. Born at Marsh Hall Farm, Farnworth, the son of the mechanical engineer Charles Chadwick, he was the chief designer for ...more

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Samuel Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 78 (1774-1852) Captain Sir Samuel Brown of Netherbyres KH FRSE was an early pioneer of chain design and manufacture and of suspension bridge design and construction. He is best known for the Union Bridge of ...more

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Alexander Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 81 (1847-1928) Sir Alexander Blackie William Kennedy, LLD, FRS, FRGS, better known simply as Alexander Kennedy, was a leading British civil and electrical engineer and academic. A member of many institutions ...more

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Charles Collier Michell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 58 (1793-1851) Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Collier Michell, later known as Charles Cornwallis Michell, was a British soldier, first surveyor-general in the Cape, road engineer, architect, artist and

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Alexander Meadows Rendel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 90 (1828-1918) Sir Alexander Meadows Rendel was an English civil engineer. Rendel was born in Plymouth. He was the eldest son of the engineer James Meadows Rendel and his wife Catherine Harris. Three of his ...more

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Thomas Drummond is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 43 (1797-1840) Captain Thomas Drummond, from Edinburgh, Scotland, was an army officer, civil engineer and senior public official. Drummond used the Drummond light which was employed in the trigonometrical ...more

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Joshua Field is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 77 (1786-1863) Joshua Field was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer. Field was born in Hackney in 1786, his father was John Field a corn and seed merchant who was later to become Master of the ...more

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Edmund Happold is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 66 (1930-1996) Professor Sir Edmund Happold, better known as Ted Happold, was a structural engineer and founder of Buro Happold.

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Roy Fedden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 88 (1885-1973) Sir Alfred Hubert Roy Fedden MBE, FRAeS was an engineer who designed most of Bristol Engine Company's successful aircraft engine designs.

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Stanley Hooker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 77 (1907-1984) Sir Stanley George Hooker, FRS,DPhil, BSc, FRAeS, MIMechE, was a jet engine engineer, first at Rolls-Royce where he worked on the earliest designs such as the Welland and Derwent, and later at ...more

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Frank Halford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 61 (1894-1955) Major Frank Bernard Halford CBE FRAeS was an English aircraft engine designer. He is best known for the series of de Havilland Gipsy engines, widely used by light aircraft in the 1920s and

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Godfrey Hounsfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 85 (1919-2004) Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield, CBE, FRS, was an English electrical engineer who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Allan McLeod Cormack for his part in developing the ...more

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R. J. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 42 (1895-1937) Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, FRAeS, was a British aeronautical engineer, working for Supermarine and then Vickers. Between 1920 and 1936 he designed many aircraft, including light aircraft, ...more

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John Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 73 (1797-1870) John Braithwaite, the younger was an English engineer who invented the first steam fire engine.

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Alexander Parkes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 77 (1813-1890) Alexander Parkes was a metallurgist and inventor from Birmingham, England. He created Parkesine, the first man-made plastic.

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William Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 70 (1769-1839) William 'Strata' Smith was an English geologist, credited with creating the first nationwide geological map. He is known as the "Father of English Geology" for collating the geological ...more

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Alliott Verdon Roe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Engineers from England
Died at 81 (1877-1958) Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe OBE, Hon. FRAeS, FIAS was a pioneer English pilot and aircraft manufacturer, and founder in 1910 of the Avro company. After experimenting with model aeroplanes, he ...more