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List of famous mechanical engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top mechanical engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent mechanical engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also enjoy the biggest feuds in science history and a list of completely useless inventions built by the world's greatest geniuses. This list of notable mechanical engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic mechanical 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 mechanical engineers.

This list of successful people who specialize in mechanical engineering includes Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Bill Nye, and more. Consisting of female mechanical engineers and other lesser known mechanical scientists, this list has them all! 

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

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Willis Carrier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Willis Carrier Willis Haviland Carrier was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning.

Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mechanical 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

Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Rudolf Diesel Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. Diesel was the subject of the 1942 film Diesel.

Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Bill Nye William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical ...more

Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Mechanical 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

Felix Wankel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Felix Wankel Felix Heinrich Wankel was a German mechanical engineer and inventor after whom the Wankel engine was named.

James Watt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
James Watt James Watt, FRS, FRSE was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both ...more

Fyodor Yurchikhin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Fyodor Yurchikhin Fyodor Nikolayevich Yurchikhin, is a Russian cosmonaut of Greek descent and RSC Energia test-pilot who has flown on three spaceflights. His first spaceflight was a 10-day Space Shuttle mission ...more

Karl Benz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Karl Benz Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine, and together with Bertha ...more

Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a ...more

Mikhail Tyurin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Mikhail Tyurin Mikhail Vladislavovich Tyurin is a Russian cosmonaut.

Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Henry Ford Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent ...more

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Charles Koch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Charles Koch Charles de Ganahl Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, while his brother David H. Koch ...more

Eli Whitney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers

Igor Sikorsky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Mechanical 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

Carl Wilhelm Siemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Carl Wilhelm Siemens Charles William Siemens FRSA was a German-born engineer who for most of his life worked in Britain and later became a British subject.

James Henry Northrop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
James Henry Northrop James Henry Northrop, was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, where he worked in the textile industry. He emigrated to Boston, MA, in the USA in 1881. By 1898, working in ...more

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Charles Babbage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Charles Babbage Charles Babbage, FRS was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer. ...more

George Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
George Stephenson George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester ...more

Sergei Krikalev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Sergei Krikalev Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev is a Russian cosmonaut and mechanical engineer. As a prominent rocket scientist, he is a veteran of six space flights and has spent more time in space than any ...more

Thomas Leith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Thomas Leith Thomas Orr Leith OBE, FRAE was a leading Scottish mechanical engineer and industrialist.

Fred Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Fred Wilson Fred Wilson is a New York City-based venture capitalist and blogger. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in Web 2.0 ...more

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Ursula Burns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Ursula Burns Ursula M. Burns serves as Chairwoman and CEO of Xerox. As such, she is the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as ...more

Whitcomb L. Judson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Whitcomb L. Judson Whitcomb L. Judson was an American machine salesman, mechanical engineer and inventor.

Nathaniel Wyeth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Nathaniel Wyeth Nathaniel C. Wyeth was an American mechanical engineer and inventor. He is best known for creating polyethylene terephthalate that could withstand the pressure of carbonated liquids. Made of ...more

Nikolai Budarin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Nikolai Budarin Nikolai Mikhailovich Budarin is a Russian cosmonaut, a veteran of three extended space missions aboard the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station. He has also performed eight ...more

Yury Usachov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Yury Usachov Yury Vladimirovich Usachov is a former cosmonaut who resides in Star City, Moscow. Usachov is a veteran of four spaceflights, including two long duration missions on board the Mir Space Station ...more

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Franklin Chang Díaz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Franklin Chang Díaz Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz, Ph.D. is a Costa Rican-American mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. Dr. Chang Díaz became an American citizen in 1977. He is ...more

John Henry Kinealy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
John Henry Kinealy John Henry Kinealy was an American mechanical engineer. He was born at Hannibal, Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and at Washington University, where he was an ...more

Gus Grissom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Gus Grissom Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, test pilot, mechanical engineer, and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second ...more

Su Song is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Su Song Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, ...more

George Herman Babcock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
George Herman Babcock George Herman Babcock was an American inventor. He and Stephen Wilcox co-invented a safer water tube steam boiler, and founded the Babcock & Wilcox boiler company. Babcock's water tube steam ...more

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Zhang Heng is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Zhang Heng Zhang Heng, formerly romanized as Chang Hêng, was a Han Chinese polymath from Nanyang who lived during the Han dynasty. Educated in the capital cities of Luoyang and Chang'an, he achieved ...more

Richard Arkwright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Richard Arkwright Sir Richard Arkwright was an inventor and a leading entrepreneur during the early Industrial Revolution. Although the patents were eventually overturned, he is credited with inventing the ...more

John Ericsson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
John Ericsson John Ericsson was a Swedish-American inventor and mechanical engineer, as was his brother Nils Ericson. He was born at Långbanshyttan in Värmland, Sweden, but primarily came to be ...more

Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Mechanical 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

Karen L. Nyberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Karen L. Nyberg Karen LuJean Nyberg is an American mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut. Nyberg became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008. Nyberg started her space career in 1991 and spent a ...more

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Andrea Pininfarina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Andrea Pininfarina Andrea Pininfarina was an Italian engineer and manager, former CEO of the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, founded by his grandfather Battista "Pinin" Farina in 1930 and still ...more

Frederick Winslow Taylor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Frederick Winslow Taylor Frederick Winslow Taylor was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He was one of the first management consultants. Taylor was one of the intellectual ...more

Gustaf de Laval is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Gustaf de Laval Karl Gustaf Patrik de Laval was a Swedish engineer and inventor who made important contributions to the design of steam turbines and dairy machinery.

Richard Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Richard Roberts Richard Roberts was a British patternmaker and engineer whose development of high-precision machine tools contributed to the birth of production engineering and mass production.

Dmitriy Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Dmitriy Ustinov Dmitriy Feodorovich Ustinov was Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union from 1976 until his death.

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Charbel Farhat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Mechanical 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

Menelaos Pappas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Menelaos Pappas Menelaos Pappas holds a Diploma (M.Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering (2002, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece) and a Ph.D. (Dr.Eng.) in the field of ...more

Al-Jazari is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Al-Jazari Badi'al-Zaman Abū al-'Izz ibn Ismā'īl ibn al-Razāz al-Jazarī was a Muslim polymath: a scholar, inventor, mechanical engineer, craftsman, artist, and mathematician from Jazirat ibn Umar, who ...more

Fathullah Shirazi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Fathullah Shirazi Fathullah Shirazi, sometimes referred to as Amir Fathullah Shirazi, was a Persian-Indian polymath—a scholar, Islamic jurist, finance minister, mechanical engineer, inventor, mathematician, ...more

Arthur Claude Ruge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Arthur Claude Ruge Arthur Claude Ruge was an American mechanical engineer and inventor who developed and pioneered the modern bonded wire resistance strain gauge.

Yi Xing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Yi Xing Yi Xing, born Zhang Sui, was a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, mechanical engineer and Buddhist monk of the Tang dynasty. His astronomical celestial globe featured a clockwork escapement ...more

Oscar J. Zuniga is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Oscar J. Zuniga Oscar J. Zuñiga, Sr., was a registered professional engineer and land surveyor who played an important role in the construction of several residential neighborhoods in his native Laredo, ...more

Fazle Hussain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Fazle Hussain A. K. M. Fazle Hussain is a Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He is the director of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics & ...more