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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 Haviland Carrier (November 26, 1876 – October 7, 1950) was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning ...more
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mechanical 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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Rudolf Diesel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (German: [ˈdiːzl̩] (listen ); 18 March 1858 – 29 September 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the Diesel engine, and ...more

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as ...more

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as ...more

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Felix Wankel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Felix Wankel
Felix Heinrich Wankel (13 August 1902 – 9 October 1988) 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 (; 30 January 1736 (19 January 1736 OS) – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with ...more

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Fyodor Yurchikhin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Fyodor Nikolayevich Yurchikhin (Russian: Фёдор Николаевич Юрчихин, Greek: Θεόδωρος Γιουρτσίχιν του Νικόλαου; born 3 January 1959) is a Russian cosmonaut of Greek descent, engineer and RSC ...more
Karl Benz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Karl Friedrich Benz (German: [bɛnts] (listen); 25 November 1844 – 4 April 1929) was a German engine designer, automobile engineer, (or mechanical engineer). His Benz Patent Motorcar from 1885 is ...more

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Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such ...more

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Mikhail Tyurin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Mikhail Vladislavovich Tyurin (Russian: Михаил Владиславович Тюрин) (born March 2, 1960) is a former Russian cosmonaut who flew several missions to the International Space Station and completed ...more
Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist and a business magnate, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line ...more

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Charles Koch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Charles de Ganahl Koch (; born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman and political donor. As of March 2019, he was ranked as the 11th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net ...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 Ivanovich Sikorsky (Russian: И́горь Ива́нович Сико́рский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ ɪˈvanəvitʃ sʲɪˈkorskʲɪj] (listen), tr. Ígor' Ivánovič Sikórskij; May 25, 1889 – October 26, 1972) ...more

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Carl Wilhelm Siemens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Sir Carl Wilhelm Siemens (4 April 1823 – 19 November 1883), anglicised to Charles William Siemens, was a German-British engineer and entrepreneur.
James Henry Northrop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
James Henry Northrop
James Henry Northrop, (8 May 1856 – 12 December 1940) 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 ...more
Charles Babbage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Charles Babbage (; 26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage originated the concept of a digital ...more

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George Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
George Stephenson (9 June 1781 – 12 August 1848) was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer. Renowned as the "Father of Railways", Stephenson was considered by the ...more
Sergei Krikalev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev (Russian: Серге́й Константинович Крикалёв, also transliterated as Sergei Krikalyov; born August 27, 1958) is a Russian cosmonaut and mechanical engineer. As a ...more
Thomas Leith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Thomas Leith
Thomas Orr Leith OBE, FRAE (23 March 1926 – 7 November 2005) 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 (born August 20, 1961) is an American businessman, venture capitalist and blogger. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with ...more
Ursula Burns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958), is an American businesswoman. She is the chairman and CEO of VEON, a senior advisor to Teneo, and a non-executive director of Diageo since April 2018. ...more

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Whitcomb L. Judson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Whitcomb L. Judson (March 7, 1846 – December 8, 1909) was an American machine salesman, mechanical engineer and inventor. Judson invented the zipper in the 1890s.
Nathaniel Wyeth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
Nathaniel C. Wyeth (October 24, 1911 – July 4, 1990) was an American mechanical engineer and inventor. He is best known for creating polyethylene terephthalate that could withstand the pressure ...more