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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. 

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

Osama bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Osama bin Laden Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the militant organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous ...more

Harold Camping is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Harold Camping Harold Egbert Camping was an American Christian radio broadcaster, author and evangelist. Beginning in 1958, he served as president of Family Radio, a California-based radio station group that ...more

Yasser Arafat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Yasser Arafat Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa, popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar, was a Palestinian leader. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation ...more

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an Iranian politician who was the sixth President of Iran from 2005 to 2013. He was also the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition ...more

Henry Liu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Henry Liu Henry Liu was a retired American civil engineer and the president of Freight Pipeline Company, now known as EcologicTech. Liu earned his PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University ...more

Konrad Zuse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Konrad Zuse Konrad Zuse was a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 ...more

Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer, and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food ...more

Gustave Eiffel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Gustave Eiffel Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway ...more

George Washington Gale Ferris,... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an American engineer. He is mostly known for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition.

Jay Kim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Jay Kim Chang Joon “Jay” Kim is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California and ambassador for Korean-American relations. He was the first Korean-American to be elected to the ...more

Fidel V. Ramos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Fidel V. Ramos Fidel Valdez Ramos AFP PLH GCMG, popularly known as FVR and Eddie, was the 12th President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During his six years in office, Ramos was widely credited and ...more

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Juan de la Cierva is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Civil 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

James Buchanan Eads is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
James Buchanan Eads Captain James Buchanan Eads was a world-renowned American civil engineer and inventor, holding more than 50 patents.

James Finley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
James Finley James Finley, aka Judge James Finley, is widely recognized as the first designer and builder of the modern suspension bridge. Born in Ireland, Finley moved to a 287-acre farm in Fayette County, ...more

Henry Ward Poole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Henry Ward Poole Henry Ward Poole was an American surveyor, civil engineer, educator and writer on and inventor of systems of musical tuning. He was brother of the famous librarian William Frederick Poole, and ...more

Theodore Burr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Theodore Burr Theodore Burr was an inventor from Torrington, Connecticut, who was credited with the Burr Arch Truss bridge design and was cousin of vice president Aaron Burr. Theodore Burr came to Oxford, New ...more

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Henry Petroski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Henry Petroski Henry Petroski is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis. A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, he is also a prolific author. Petroski has written ...more

Walter Huston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
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Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Robert Stephenson Robert Stephenson FRS was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the ...more

Tomoji Tanabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Tomoji Tanabe Tomoji Tanabe was a Japanese supercentenarian and, at the time of his death at age 113, the oldest living man in the world for 2 years 146 days. Tanabe became the oldest man in Japan following ...more

Jörg Schlaich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Jörg Schlaich Jörg Schlaich is a German structural engineer and is known internationally for his ground-breaking work in the creative design of bridges, long-span roofs, and other complex structures. He ...more

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Mario Salvadori is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Mario Salvadori Mario G. Salvadori was a structural engineer and professor of both civil engineering and architecture at Columbia University.

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Charles-Augustin de Coulomb Charles-Augustin de Coulomb was a French physicist. He was best known for developing Coulomb's law, the definition of the electrostatic force of attraction and repulsion, but also did important ...more

Fazlur Khan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Fazlur Khan Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers. Considered the "father of tubular designs for ...more

G. V. Loganathan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
G. V. Loganathan Gobichettipalayam Vasudevan "G. V." Loganathan was an Indian-born American professor, whose most recent position was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental ...more

Jean-Lou Chameau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Jean-Lou Chameau Jean-Lou Chameau is a French civil engineer and a former president of the California Institute of Technology. Previously he served as a provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez Lawrence N. "Larry" Seilhamer Rodríguez is a Puerto Rican politician and member of the Senate of Puerto Rico since January 7, 2009. He is affiliated with the pro-statehood New ...more

William Hung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
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Essam Sharaf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Essam Sharaf Essam Abdel-Aziz Sharaf (Arabic: عصام عبد العزيز شرف‎; born 1952) is an Egyptian political figure who has been Prime Minister of Egypt since March 2011; previously he was Minister of ...more

William Willcocks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
William Willcocks Sir William Willcocks KCMG was a British civil engineer, during the high point of the British Empire. He was an irrigation engineer who proposed and built the first Aswan Dam, the scale of which ...more

Avery Brundage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
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Fritz Todt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Fritz Todt Fritz Todt was a German engineer and senior Nazi figure, the founder of Organisation Todt. He died in a plane crash during World War II.

George W. Malone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
George W. Malone George Wilson Malone was an American civil engineer and Republican politician.

Anna Diamantopoulou is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Anna Diamantopoulou Anna Diamantopoulou is President of the Greek think tank "TO DIKTIO" and former Minister of Education. She is also a former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and ...more

Rafael del Pino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Rafael del Pino Rafael del Pino y Moreno was one of the wealthiest men in Europe. He had a net worth of approximately 8.6 billion US dollars in 2007. Del Pino founded the construction company Ferrovial in 1952, ...more

Florentino Pérez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Florentino Pérez Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is a Spanish businessman, civil engineer, former politician, and current president of Real Madrid, as well as ACS. He is most famous for ushering Real ...more

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Valdas Adamkus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
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Laureano Gómez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS, was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven ...more

Fulgence Bienvenüe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Fulgence Bienvenüe Fulgence Bienvenüe was a noted French civil engineer, best known for his role in the construction of the Paris Métro, and has been called "Le Père du Métro". ...more

Arthur Alfred Lynch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Arthur Alfred Lynch Arthur Alfred Lynch was an Irish Australian civil engineer, physician, journalist, author, soldier, anti-imperialist and polymath. He served as MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom ...more

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Charles Ellet, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Charles Ellet, Jr. Charles Ellet, Jr. was a civil engineer and a colonel during the American Civil War, mortally wounded at the Battle of Memphis.

John Miller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
John Miller John Miller FRSE was a Scottish civil engineer and Liberal Party politician. Together with Thomas Grainger, he formed the influential engineering firm of Grainger and Miller, specialising in ...more

Fritz Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Fritz Leonhardt Fritz Leonhardt was a German structural engineer who made major contributions to 20th-century bridge engineering, especially in the development of cable-stayed bridges. His book Bridges: ...more

William John Macquorn Rankine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
William John Macquorn Rankine William John Macquorn Rankine, FRSE FRS was in the first place a Scottish mechanical engineer and on second place civil engineer, physicist and mathematician. He was a founding contributor, with ...more

James Simpson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
James Simpson James Simpson was a British civil engineer. He was president of the Institution of Civil Engineers from January 1853 to January 1855. James Simpson was the fourth son of Thomas Simpson, engineer ...more

C. D. Howe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
C. D. Howe Clarence Decatur "C. D." Howe, PC was a powerful Canadian Cabinet minister, representing the Liberal Party. Howe served in the governments of Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie ...more

Charles K. Graham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Charles K. Graham Charles Kinnaird Graham was a sailor in the antebellum United States Navy, attorney, and later a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As a civil engineer, he helped ...more

Othmar Ammann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Civil Engineers
Othmar Ammann Othmar Hermann Ammann was a Swiss-American structural engineer whose designs include the George Washington Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Bayonne Bridge. He also directed the planning and ...more