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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 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

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Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (Italian: [ɡuʎˈʎɛlmo marˈkoːni]; 25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor, and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on ...more

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Michael Faraday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Michael Faraday FRS (; 22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the ...more

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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Lee de Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor, self-described "Father of Radio", and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion ...more

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George Westinghouse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
George Westinghouse Jr. (October 6, 1846 – March 12, 1914) was an American entrepreneur and engineer based in Pennsylvania who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical ...more
Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Loni Love (born July 12, 1971) is an American comedian, television host, actress and author. While working as an electrical engineer in the early 2000s, she switched to music engineering, until ...more

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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D. (Serbian Cyrillic: Михајло Идворски Пупин, pronounced [miˈxǎjlo ˈîdʋoɾski ˈpǔpin]; 4 October 1858 – 12 March 1935), also known as Michael I. Pupin was ...more
Charles Proteus Steinmet... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles Proteus Steinmetz (born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, April 9, 1865 – October 26, 1923) was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer and professor at Union College. ...more
Julius and Ethel Rosenbe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were American citizens who spied on behalf of the Soviet Union and were tried, convicted, and executed by the federal government of the United States. They provided ...more

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Edwin Howard Armstrong ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Edwin Howard Armstrong (December 18, 1890 – February 1, 1954) was an American electrical engineer and inventor, who developed FM (frequency modulation) radio and the superheterodyne receiver ...more
Charles Frederick Burges... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Charles Frederick Burgess (June 5, 1873 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – February 13, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American chemist and engineer. He was founder of the University of ...more
Arnold Orville Beckman ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Arnold Orville Beckman (April 10, 1900 – May 18, 2004) was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at California Institute of Technology, he founded ...more
Bill Joy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
William Nelson Joy (born November 8, 1954) is an American computer engineer. He co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla, and Andy Bechtolsheim, and served as ...more
Albert Macovski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Albert Macovski is an American Professor (Emeritus) at Stanford University, known for his many innovations in the area of imaging, particularly in the medical field. He has over 150 patents and ...more
Philo Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Philo Farnsworth
Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many crucial contributions to the early development of all-electronic ...more
Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer. He is known for being the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, Executive Chairman of Google from 2011 to ...more
Ray Dolby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Ray Milton Dolby (; January 18, 1933 – September 12, 2013) was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while ...more
John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
John Bardeen (; May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist and electrical engineer. He is the only person to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with ...more
Calvin Quate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Calvin Quate
Calvin Forrest Quate (December 7, 1923 – July 6, 2019) was one of the inventors of the atomic force microscope. He was a professor emeritus of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at ...more
Steve Mann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Steven Mann (born 1962) is a Canadian researcher and inventor best known for his work on augmented reality, computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range
Ernst Werner von Siemens... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Ernst Werner Siemens (von Siemens from 1888; English: SEEM-ənz; German: [ˈziːməns, -mɛns] 13 December 1816 – 6 December 1892) was a German inventor and industrialist. Siemens's name has been ...more
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld (April 18, 1882 – August 28, 1963) was an Austro-Hungarian American physicist and electical engineer, credited with the first patents on the field-effect transistor (FET) ...more
Gerard J. Foschini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Gerard Joseph Foschini (born 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey), is an American telecommunications engineer who has worked for Bell Laboratories since 1961. His research has covered many kinds of ...more
Elihu Thomson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Elihu Thomson (March 29, 1853 – March 13, 1937) was an English-born American engineer and inventor who was instrumental in the founding of major electrical companies in the United States, the ...more
Harry D. Belock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Electrical Engineers
Harry David Belock (April 10, 1908 – November 8, 1999) was an American electronics inventor, engineer and entrepreneur.