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List of Famous Civil Engineers

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List of famous civil engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top civil engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent civil engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable civil engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic civil 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 civil engineers.

List is made up of people like Osama bin Laden and Leonardo da Vinci. Featuring famous civil engineering scientists of history and the present, this list has it all. 

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