Famous Engineers from Spain

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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Santiago Calatrava and Agustín de Betancourt.

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

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  • Abbas Ibn Firnas

    Abu al-Qasim Abbas ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas al-Takurini (809–887 A.D.), also known as Abbas ibn Firnas (Arabic: عباس بن فرناس‎), was an Andalusian polymath: an inventor, physician, chemist, engineer, Andalusian musician, and Arabic-language poet. Of Berber descent, he was born in Izn-Rand Onda, Al-Andalus (today's Ronda, Spain), lived in the Emirate of Córdoba, and is reputed to have attempted flight.The crater Ibn Firnas on the Moon is named in his honor, as well as the Ibn Firnas Airport in Baghdad and one of the bridges over the Guadalquivir river in Córdoba.
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (810-887)
    • Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
  • Agustín de Betancourt
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    Agustín de Betancourt y Molina was a prominent Spanish engineer, who worked in Spain, France and Russia. His work ranged from steam engines and balloons to structural engineering and urban planning. As an educator, Betancourt founded and managed the Spanish Corps of Engineers and the Saint Petersburg Institute of Communications Engineers. As an urban planner and construction manager, Betancourt supervised planning and construction in Saint Petersburg, Kronstadt, Nizhny Novgorod and other Russian cities.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1758-1824)
    • Birthplace: Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
  • Al-Muradi

    Alī Ibn Khalaf al-Murādī, Al-Andalus, was a Mechanical engineer and author of the unique technological manuscript entitled Kitāb al-asrār fī natā'ij al-afkār. It was copied and used at the court of Alfonso VI of León and Castile in Christian Spain in the 11th century. The manuscript provides information about a "Castle and Gazelle Clock" and many other forms of complicated clocks and ingenious devices. Al-Muradi was a contemporary of Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī. In 2008, the Book of Secrets of al-Muradi has been published in facsimile, translated in English/Italian/French/Arabic and in electronic edition with all machines interpreted in 3D, by the Italian study center Leonardo3. He also ...more
  • Eduardo Torroja y Miret, was a Spanish structural engineer, pioneer in the design of concrete shell structures. His first large project was the Tempul cable-stayed aqueduct in 1926, Guadalete, Jerez de la Frontera, in which he used prestressed girders, and he made his name with the concrete shell-roof at the Algeciras Market Hall. Eduardo Torroja designed thin-shell water tower in Fedala and the roof of hippodrome "Zarzuela" in the form of hyperboloid of revolution. He also used steel with great élan, as at the roof of the Football Stadium, Barcelona. He designed innovative structures in numerous parts of the world, including Morocco and Latin America. His books include Philosophy of ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1899-1961)
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
  • Emilio Herrera Linares
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    Emilio Herrera Linares (February 13, 1879, Granada, Spain – September 13, 1967, Geneve, Switzerland) was a Spanish military engineer and physicist. He graduated from the military academy of Guadalajara in 1902; he subsequently researched aeronautics, including a brief period at the University of Santander. He was father of the poet José Herrera Petere. He is best known for his work in cosmology and pioneering studies for high-altitude flight, spaceflight, computing, and for designing a pressurised space suit that was to be used in a planned stratospheric balloon flight in 1936. During the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), he remained loyal to the Second Spanish Republic. In 1937, he was made ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1879-1967)
  • Esteban Terradas i Illa
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    Esteban Terrades i Illa (born Barcelona, 15 September 1883; died Madrid, 9 May 1950) also known as Esteve Terradas, was a Spanish mathematician, scientist and engineer. He researched and taught widely in the fields of mathematics and the physical sciences, working not only in his native Catalonia, but also in the rest of Spain and in South America. He was also active as a consultant in the Spanish aeronautics, electric power, telephone and railway industries.
    • Age: Dec. at 98 (1852-1950)