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Famous Female Engineers

Updated June 14, 2019 13.0k views110 items

List of famous female engineers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female engineers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being engineers. There are thousand of females working as engineers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic engineers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a engineer then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Galina Petrovna Chadova and Theresa Sparks.

While this isn't a list of all female engineers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female engineers?" and "Who are the best female engineers?"
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  • Hedy Lamarr (), born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, including the controversial Ecstasy (1933), she fled from her husband, a wealthy Austrian ammunition manufacturer, and secretly moved to Paris. Traveling to London, she met Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood. She became a film star with her performance in Algiers (1938). Her MGM films include Lady of the Tropics (1939), Boom Town (1940), H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), and White Cargo (1942). Her greatest success was as Delilah in Cecil B.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Marissa Mayer
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    Marissa Ann Mayer (; born May 30, 1975) is an American information technology executive, and co-founder of Lumi Labs. Mayer formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a position she held from July 2012. It was announced in January 2017 that she would step down from the company's board upon the sale of Yahoo!'s operating business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion. She would not join the newly combined company, now called Verizon Media (formerly Oath), and announced her resignation on June 13, 2017. She is a graduate of Stanford University and was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokeswoman for Google (employee #20). ... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin

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  • Carol Vorderman
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    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 columns on internet topics, writing books on subjects ranging from school textbooks on mathematics to a #1 best-selling book on Detox diets, advocating for numerous charities, and hosting the Pride of Britain awards each year to honour British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations. Vorderman's career began in 1982 when she joined Channel 4 game show Countdown. She appeared on the show most recently with Des O'Connor, and previously with Des Lynam and before that... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: England, Bedford
  • Ada Lovelace
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    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 general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and one of the first computer programmers.Lovelace was the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron and his wife Lady Byron. All of Byron's other children were born out of... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1815-1852)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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