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List of Famous Structural Engineers

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List of famous structural engineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top structural engineers in the world? This includes the most prominent structural engineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable structural engineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic structural 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 structural engineers.

This list is made up of many different people, including James Buchanan Eads and Santiago Calatrava. Featuring famous architectural engineers of history and now, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known structural engineers to the lesser known structural engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the structural engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous structural engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous structural engineers?" then you're in the right place. 
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  • Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network,...  more
  • Captain James Buchanan Eads was a world-renowned American civil engineer and inventor, holding more than 50 patents....  more
  • Jörg Schlaich (born 1934) is a German structural engineer and is known internationally for his ground-breaking work in the creative design of bridges, long-span roofs, and other complex structures....  more
  • Peter Rice was an Irish structural engineer. Born in 52 Castle Road, Dundalk in County Louth, he spent his childhood between the town of Dundalk, and the villages of Gyles' Quay and Inniskeen. He was...  more
  • Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers. Considered the "father of tubular designs for high-rises,...  more
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS, was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic...  more

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  • Robert "Bob" Shaw (31 December 1931 – 11 February 1996) was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in...  more
  • Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish neofuturistic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter. He has offices in New York City, Doha, and Zürich, where he now resides....  more
  • Dr. Lynn S. Beedle was an American structural engineer, the founder and the director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, notable also for his design and building of skyscrapers. The...  more
  • Fritz Leonhardt (12 July 1909 – 30 December 1999) was a German structural engineer who made major contributions to 20th-century bridge engineering, especially in the development of cable-stayed...  more
  • Othmar Hermann Ammann was a Swiss-American structural engineer whose designs include the George Washington Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Bayonne Bridge. He also directed the planning and...  more
  • Félix Candela Outeriño was Spanish-Mexican architect known for his significant role in the development of Mexican architecture and structural engineering. Candela’s major contribution to architecture...  more
  • Hardy Cross (1885 – 1959) was an American structural engineer and the developer of the moment distribution method for structural analysis of statically indeterminate structures. The method was in...  more
  • Dr Edmund Cadbury Hambly (28 September 1942 – 28 March 1995) was a British structural engineer. Edmund Hambly was born in Seer Green, near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire in 1942. He went to Eton...  more
  • Cecil Balmond OBE is a Sri Lankan–British designer, artist, and writer. In 1968 Balmond joined Ove Arup & Partners, leading him to become deputy chairman. In 2000 he founded design and research...  more
  • Eduardo Torroja y Miret, was a Spanish structural engineer, pioneer in the design of concrete shell structures. His first large project was the Tempul cable-stayed aqueduct in 1926, Guadalete, Jerez...  more
  • Émile Nouguier was a French civil engineer and architect. He is famous for co-designing the Eiffel Tower, built 1887–1889 for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France, the Garabit viaduct, the...  more
  • Frei Paul Otto was a German architect and structural engineer noted for his use of lightweight structures, in particular tensile and membrane structures, including the roof of the Olympic Stadium in...  more
  • Pier Luigi Nervi was an Italian engineer. He studied at the University of Bologna and qualified in 1913. Dr. Nervi taught as a professor of engineering at Rome University from 1946-61. He is widely...  more
  • John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer and historian of construction; since 2002 he has been an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture at the Massachusetts...  more
  • Maurice Koechlin was a Swiss structural engineer....  more
  • Eugène Freyssinet was a French structural and civil engineer. He was the major pioneer of prestressed concrete. Freyssinet was born in at Objat, Corrèze, France. He worked in the École Nationale des...  more
  • Professor Sir Edmund Happold, better known as Ted Happold, was a structural engineer and founder of Buro Happold....  more
  • Sir Ove Nyquist Arup, CBE, MICE, MIStructE, known as Ove Arup, was an Anglo-Danish engineer who founded Arup Group Limited, a multinational corporation that offers engineering, design, planning,...  more
  • Michael P. Collins is a Canadian structural engineer whose research is concerned with the design and evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, bridges, nuclear containment...  more