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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.

The list you're viewing contains people like Samuel Pierpont Langley and Glenn Curtiss. Featuring aeronautic engineers and more, this list has it all. 

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 Musk 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 von Braun 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 P. de Seversky 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 H. Goddard 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 Frick 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 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 Sikorsky 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 Curtiss 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 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 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 Shargin 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 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

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Hugh Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Hugh Robinson 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 Jordanoff 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 Bassett 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 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
Barnes Wallis 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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Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Arthur Rudolph 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
Yuri Kondratyuk 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 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 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 von Braun 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

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky 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 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 Wooldridge 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

Konrad Dannenberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Konrad Dannenberg Konrad Dannenberg was a German-American rocket pioneer and member of the German rocket team brought to the United States after World War II.

Geoffrey A. Landis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Geoffrey A. Landis Geoffrey Alan Landis is an American scientist, working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on planetary exploration, interstellar propulsion, solar power and photovoltaics. He ...more

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Ernst Stuhlinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Ernst Stuhlinger Ernst Stuhlinger was a German-born American atomic, electrical, and rocket scientist. After being brought to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip, he developed guidance systems with ...more

Harry Hawker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Harry Hawker Harry George Hawker MBE, AFC, was an Australian aviation pioneer. He was the chief test pilot for Sopwith and was also involved in the design of many of their aircraft. After World War One he ...more

Hans von Ohain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Hans von Ohain Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain was a German engineer, and designer of the first operational jet engine. His first design ran in March 1937, and it was one of his engines that powered the first ...more

Nikolay Kamov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Nikolay Kamov Nikolay Ilyich Kamov was the leading constructor of the Soviet/Russian Kamov helicopter design bureau. He was born on September 14, 1902 in Irkutsk and died on November 24, 1973 in Moscow.

Charbel Farhat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Charbel Farhat Charbel Farhat is the Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where he is also Chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and ...more

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Eberhardt Rechtin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Eberhardt Rechtin Eberhardt Rechtin was an American systems engineer and respected authority in aerospace systems and systems architecture.

Herman Potočnik is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Herman Potočnik Herman Potočnik was a Slovene rocket engineer and pioneer of cosmonautics of Slovene ethnicity. He is chiefly remembered for his work addressing the long-term human habitation of space.

Maurice Farman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Maurice Farman Maurice Alain Farman was an Anglo-French Grand Prix motor racing champion, an aviator, and an aircraft manufacturer and designer.

Willy Ley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Willy Ley Willy Ley was a German-American science writer, spaceflight advocate, and historian of science who helped popularize rocketry, spaceflight, and natural history in both Germany and the United ...more

Frank Whittle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Frank Whittle Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer. He is credited with single handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was ...more

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Krafft Arnold Ehricke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Krafft Arnold Ehricke Krafft Arnold Ehricke was a German rocket-propulsion engineer and advocate for space colonization.

Gustave Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Gustave Whitehead Gustave Albin Whitehead, born Gustav Albin Weisskopf, was an aviation pioneer who emigrated from Germany to the United States where he designed and built gliders, flying machines and engines ...more

Theodore von Kármán is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Theodore von Kármán Theodore von Kármán was a Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer and physicist who was active primarily in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. He is ...more

Eberhard Rees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Eberhard Rees Eberhard Friedrich Michael Rees was a German-American rocketry pioneer and the second director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

Sergei Korolev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Sergei Korolev Sergei Pavlovich Korolev was the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered ...more

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Allen Paulson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Allen Paulson Allen Eugene Paulson was an American businessman.

Artem Mikoyan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Artem Mikoyan Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan was a Soviet aircraft designer of Armenian descent. In partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich he designed many of the famous MiG military aircraft.

Louis Blériot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Louis Blériot Louis Charles Joseph Blériot was a French aviator, inventor and engineer. He developed the first practical headlamp for trucks and established a profitable business manufacturing them, ...more

Boris Chertok is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Boris Chertok Boris Evseyevich Chertok was a prominent Soviet and Russian rocket designer, responsible for control systems of a number of ballistic missiles and spacecraft. He was the author of a four-volume ...more

Bill Lear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Bill Lear William Powell "Bill" Lear was an American inventor and businessman. He is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation, a manufacturer of business jets. He also invented the ...more

Guenter Wendt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Guenter Wendt Günter F. Wendt was a German-American engineer noted for his work in the U.S. manned spaceflight program. An employee of McDonnell Aircraft and later North American Aviation, he was in ...more

Anthony Fokker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
Anthony Fokker Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" Fokker was a Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer. He is most famous for the fighter aircraft he produced in Germany during the First World ...more

James Smith McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Aerospace Engineers
James Smith McDonnell James Smith "Mac" McDonnell was an American aviator, engineer, and businessman. He was an aviation pioneer and founder of McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, later McDonnell Douglas.