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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Louis Le Prince and André Citroën.

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

Use this list of renowned French engineers to discover some new engineers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (180 items)
Louis Le Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Engineers from France
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Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince was an inventor who shot the first moving pictures on paper film using a single lens camera. He has been heralded as the "Father of Cinematography" since 1930. A Frenchman who also worked in the United Kingdom and the United States, Le Prince conducted his ...more

Age: Died at 49 (1841-1890)

Birthplace: Metz, France

Profession: Chemist, Inventor, Filmmaker, Film Director, Engineer

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Gustave Eiffel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from France
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Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the ...more

Age: Died at 91 (1832-1923)

Birthplace: Dijon, France

Profession: Chemical engineer, Civil engineer, Designer, Structural engineer, Engineer

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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from France
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Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. Diesel was the subject of the 1942 film Diesel. ...more

Age: Died at 55 (1858-1913)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

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William B. Lenoir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from France
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William Benjamin "Bill" Lenoir, Ph.D. was an American electrical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1939-2010)

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Profession: Astronaut, Engineer

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