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List of famous electrical engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top electrical engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent electrical engineers, living and not, both in America and abroad. This list of notable electrical engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic electrical 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 electrical engineers.

Everyone from Rowan Atkinson AKA Mr. Bean to Edwin Howard Armstrong is included on this list of famous electrical engineers and electrical scientists. 

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

Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Guglielmo Marconi Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's ...more

Michael Faraday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Michael Faraday Michael Faraday FRS was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism ...more

Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Lee de Forest Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the ...more

George Westinghouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
George Westinghouse George Westinghouse, Jr. was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, gaining his first patent at the age of 22. ...more

Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Loni Love Loni Love is an American comedienne and actress. Before quitting her job as an electrical engineer in 2003, Love began to pursue a career in stand up comedy. She was the runner-up on Star Search ...more

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D., also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian American physicist and physical chemist. Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of ...more

Charles Proteus Steinmetz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles Proteus Steinmetz Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric ...more

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg were American citizens executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The ...more

Edwin Howard Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Edwin Howard Armstrong Edwin Howard Armstrong was an American electrical engineer and inventor. He has been called "the most prolific and influential inventor in radio history". He invented the regenerative ...more

Charles Frederick Burgess is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles Frederick Burgess Charles Frederick Burgess was an American chemist and engineer. He was founder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison department of Chemical Engineering in 1905, and was a pioneer in the ...more

Arnold Orville Beckman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Arnold Orville Beckman Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, ...more

Bill Joy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Bill Joy William Nelson "Bill" Joy is an American computer scientist. Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andreas von Bechtolsheim, and served as ...more

Albert Macovski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Albert Macovski Albert Macovski is an American Professor at Stanford University, known for his many innovations in the area of imaging, particularly in the medical field. He has over 150 patents and has ...more

Philo Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Philo Farnsworth Philo Taylor Farnsworth was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many contributions that were crucial to the early development of all-electronic television. He is perhaps best ...more

Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Eric Schmidt Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since ...more

Ray Dolby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Ray Dolby Ray Milton Dolby, OBE was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex. He was the founder of Dolby ...more

John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
John Bardeen John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the ...more

Calvin Quate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Calvin Quate Calvin F. Quate was born on 7 December 1923 in Baker, Nevada. He is one of the inventors of the atomic force microscope. He is a professor emeritus of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering ...more

Steve Mann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Steve Mann Steven Mann is a researcher and inventor best known for his work on computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging.

Ernst Werner von Siemens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Ernst Werner von Siemens Ernst Werner Siemens was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens’s name has been adopted as the SI unit of electrical conductance, the siemens. He was also the founder of the electrical and ...more

Julius Edgar Lilienfeld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Julius Edgar Lilienfeld was an Austro-Hungarian-born American Physicist and Electronic Engineer. He was born to a Jewish family in Lemberg Austria-Hungary and moved to the United States in the ...more

Gerard J. Foschini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Gerard J. Foschini Gerard Joseph Foschini, is an American telecommunications engineer who has worked for Bell Laboratories since 1961. His research has covered many kinds of data communications, particularly ...more

Elihu Thomson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Elihu Thomson Elihu Thomson was an English engineer and inventor who was instrumental in the founding of major electrical companies in the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

Harry D. Belock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Harry D. Belock Harry David Belock was an American electronics inventor, engineer and entrepreneur.

Dr. An Wang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Dr. An Wang Dr. An Wang was a Chinese American computer engineer and inventor, and co-founder of computer company Wang Laboratories, which was known primarily for its dedicated word processing machines. An ...more

Paul Wilbur Klipsch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Paul Wilbur Klipsch Paul Wilbur Klipsch was an American engineer and high fidelity audio pioneer, known for developing a high-efficiency folded horn loudspeaker. Unsatisfied with the sound quality of phonographs ...more

Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch ...more

Robert Dennard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Robert Dennard Robert Dennard is an American electrical engineer and inventor. Dennard was born in Terrell, Texas, U.S.. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist ...more

Frank J. Sprague is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Frank J. Sprague Frank Julian Sprague was an American naval officer and inventor who contributed to the development of the electric motor, electric railways, and electric elevators. His contributions were ...more

Claude Shannon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Claude Shannon Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is famous for having founded ...more

Ivan A. Getting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Ivan A. Getting Ivan Alexander Getting was an American physicist and electrical engineer, credited with the development of the Global Positioning System. He was the co-leader of the research group which ...more

Edmund O. Schweitzer, III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Edmund O. Schweitzer, III Edmund O. Schweitzer, Jr. founded E. O. Schweitzer Manufacturing in 1950 for the purpose of manufacturing fault indicator technology. His father, Edmund O. Schweitzer, was a co-founder of ...more

Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Mr. Bean Mr. Bean is a British television programme series of fifteen 25-minute episodes written by Robin Driscoll and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character. Different episodes were also written ...more

Peter Cooper Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Peter Cooper Hewitt Peter Cooper Hewitt was an American electrical engineer and inventor, who invented the first mercury-vapor lamp in 1901. Hewitt was issued U.S. Patent 682,692 on September 17, 1901. In 1903, ...more

Robert Metcalfe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Robert Metcalfe Robert Melancton "Bob" Metcalfe is an electrical engineer from the United States who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law. As of January 2006, he is a ...more

George Clark Southworth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
George Clark Southworth George Clark Southworth, who published as G. C. Southworth, was a prominent American radio engineer best known for his role in the development of waveguides in the early 1930s.

Charles F. Brush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles F. Brush Charles Francis Brush was a U.S. inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Harry Ward Leonard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Harry Ward Leonard Harry Ward Leonard was an electrical engineer and inventor. He is best known for his invention, the Ward Leonard motor control system. Equipment based on this invention remained in service into ...more

Nolan Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Nolan Bushnell Nolan Kay Bushnell is an American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters chain. Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall ...more

Steven Sasson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Steven Sasson Steven J. Sasson is an American electrical engineer and the inventor of the digital camera. Sasson is a 1972 and 1973 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in electrical engineering.

Franz Viehböck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Franz Viehböck Franz Artur Viehböck is an Austrian electrical engineer, and was Austria's first astronaut, and thus titulated „Austronaut“ by his country's media. He visited the Mir space station in 1991 ...more

Lawrence A. Hyland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Lawrence A. Hyland Lawrence A. "Pat" Hyland was an American electrical engineer. He is one of several people credited with major contributions to the invention of radar, but is probably best known as the ...more

Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu, is a Romanian electrical engineer, professor at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. His father, Dumitru Tănăsescu, was a lawyer, being also known for his hobby of ...more

Haraden Pratt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Haraden Pratt Haraden Pratt was a noted American electrical engineer and radio pioneer. Pratt was born in San Francisco, California, where his parents were telegraph operators. He learned Morse code when ...more

Charles Joseph Van Depoele is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles Joseph Van Depoele Charles Joseph Van Depoele was an electrical engineer, inventor, and pioneer in electric railway technology, including the first trolley pole.

Richard H. Ranger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Richard H. Ranger Richard Howland Ranger was an American electrical engineer, music engineer and inventor. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of John Hilliard and Emily Anthen Gillet Ranger, He served ...more

Eric Copeland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Eric Copeland Eric Copeland is a member of the experimental electronic music group Black Dice.

Charles Apgar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles Apgar Charles Apgar, a New Jersey amateur radio operator, is known for making the earliest surviving recordings of a radio signal in 1914. He died at the age of 85 on August 17, 1950.

Jiang Zemin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Jiang Zemin Jiang Zemin is a retired Chinese politician who served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1989 to 2002, as Chairman of the Central Military Commission from 1989 to 2004, ...more