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List of famous aerospace engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top aerospace engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent aerospace engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable aerospace engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic aerospace engineers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned aerospace engineers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known aerospace engineers to the lesser known aerospace engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the aerospace engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous aerospace engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous aerospace engineers?" then you're in the right place. 

Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and ...more

Wernher von Braun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect, but made his greatest contributions as an aerospace program manager. He was ...more

Alexander P. de Seversky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power.

Robert H. Goddard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully ...more

Stephen Frick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Frick graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 1982, earned a ...more

Samuel Pierpont Langley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Samuel Pierpont Langley was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation. He attended Boston Latin School, graduated from English High School of Boston, ...more

Igor Sikorsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky ...more

Glenn Curtiss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. He began his career as a bicycle racer and builder before moving on to motorcycles. As early ...more

Juan de la Cierva is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu, 1st Count of De La Cierva was a Spanish civil engineer, pilot and aeronautical engineer. His most famous accomplishment was the invention in 1920 of the ...more

Jerome Clarke Hunsaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Jerome Clarke Hunsaker was an American airman born in Creston, Iowa, and educated at the Naval Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Yuri Shargin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Yuri Georgiyevich Shargin is a cosmonaut in the Russian Space Forces. He was born March 20, 1960 in Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russian SFSR. He is divorced and has two children. Shargin graduated ...more

Howard Head is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Howard Head was an aeronautical engineer who is credited with the invention of laminate skis and the oversized tennis racket. Head founded the ski making firm Head in 1950. Later he became ...more

Hugh Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Hugh Armstrong Robinson was a pioneer in the earliest days of aviation, combining his skills of inventor, pilot, and daredevil. Among other things, he is said to have been the third person to ...more

Assen Jordanoff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Assen "Jerry" Jordanoff born Asen Khristov Yordanov, September 2, 1896, Sofia, Bulgaria – d. October 19, 1967, White Plains, New York was a Bulgarian American inventor, engineer, and ...more

Preston Bassett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Preston Rogers Bassett was an inventor, engineer, and pioneer in instruments for aviation.

Joseph Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
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

Barnes Wallis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
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

Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Arthur Louis Hugo Rudolph was a rocket engineer who played a key role in the development of the V-2 rocket and a former high-level Nazi given sanctuary by the US government following World War ...more

Yuri Kondratyuk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Yuriy Vasilievich Kondratyuk, real name Aleksandr Ignatyevich Shargei, was a Ukrainian and Soviet engineer and mathematician. He is a pioneer of astronautics and spaceflight, a theoretician and ...more

Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist ...more

Peter M. Bowers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Peter M. Bowers was a journalist specializing in the field of aviation. Bowers is famed in the general aviation community for his work with General Aviation News. Writing 26 books and over 800 ...more

Magnus von Braun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Magnus "Mac" Freiherr von Braun was a German chemical engineer, Luftwaffe aviator, and rocket scientist at Peenemünde, the Mittelwerk, and after emigrating to the United States ...more

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky was a Russian and Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory, of Russian and Polish descent. Along with his followers, the German Hermann ...more

Liviu Librescu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Liviu Librescu was a Romanian-born Israeli scientist and engineer. He was a professor whose major research fields were aeroelasticity and aerodynamics. A prominent academic in addition to being ...more

Dean Wooldridge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Dean Everett Wooldridge was a prominent engineer in the aerospace industry. Something of a prodigy, Wooldridge graduated from high school at age of 14. He received his bachelor's and master's ...more