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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 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 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 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
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 Vladislavovich Tyurin is a Russian cosmonaut.
Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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
Charles Koch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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 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
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
Charles Babbage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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 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 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 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
Ursula Burns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Mechanical Engineers
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 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 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