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Abraham Darby III
   was famous for   
Building the World's First Iron Bridge
Darby built the bridge in the Shropshire town of Ironbridge. It was inevitable really.
Andrew Grove
   was famous for   
Co-founding Intel
Andrew S. Grove is Senior Advisor to Executive Management. Previously Grove was Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation from May 1997 to May 2005. From 1987 to 1998 he served as the company’s CEO and from 1979 to 1997 he served as President. Prior to participating in the founding of Intel in 1968 with Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore he worked as the Assistant Director of Research and Development for Fairchild Semiconductor
Bill Joy 
   was famous for   
Co-founding Sun Microsystems
Electrical engineer
Burt Rutan
   was famous for   
Designing SpaceShipOne
Clarence "Kelly" Johnson
   was famous for   
Founding Lockheed's "skunk Works"
Designer of the SR-71. He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft including several that were honored with the prestigious Collier Trophy.
Dave Bradley
   was famous for   
Inventing the Control-alt-del Key Combo
& the writer of BIOS for the original IBM PC
Dave Bradley
   was famous for   
Writing the BIOS for the Original IBM PC
& inventor of the control-alt-del key combo
David Packard
   was famous for   
Co-founding Hewlett-Packard
Electrical engineer
Emily Roebling
   was famous for   
Overseeing the Construction of Brooklyn Bridge
She deserves a mention here, an amazing and courageous woman.
Ferdinand Marie De Lesseps
   was famous for   
Developing the Suez Canal
Civil engineer.
George Stephenson
   was famous for   
Building the First Public Railway Line to Use Steam Locomotives
Civil engineer and mechanical engineer
George Westinghouse
   was famous for   
Founding Westinghouse
Electrical engineer. Inventor, pioneer of AC power
Gordon E. Moore
   was famous for   
Co-founding Intel
Moore co-founded Intel in 1968. He became president and CEO in 1975 and held that post until elected chairman and CEO in 1979. Moore is widely known for 'Moore's Law'.
Gordon E. Moore
   was famous for   
Developing Moore's Law
In which in 1965 he predicted that the number of components the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. In 1975, he updated his prediction to once every two years.
Guglielmo Marconi
   was famous for   
Developing a Radiotelegraph System
Herbert Saffir
   was famous for   
Developing the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Civil engineer. He has published articles on designing buildings for high wind resistance.
Hyman G. Rickover
   was famous for   
Developing the Navy Nuclear Submarine Fleet
Lead developer
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
   was famous for   
Creating the Great Eastern Railway
Civil and structural engineer. Brunel achieved many engineering "firsts", including assisting in the building of the first tunnel under a navigable river and development of SS Great Britain, the first propeller-driven ocean-going iron ship, which was at the time also the largest ship ever built.
Joesph Strauss
   was famous for   
Designing the Golden Gate Bridge
John Frederick Bateman
   was famous for   
Designing Manchester's Water Supply
Civil engineer. His work formed the basis of the modern United Kingdom water supply industry.
John Loudon McAdam
   was famous for   
Inventing Macadamisation
Civil engineer. Modern road construction still reflects McAdam's influence. Of subsequent improvements, the most significant was the introduction of tar (originally coal tar) to bind the road surface's stones together – "tarmac" (for Tar Macadam)
John Roebling
   was famous for   
Designing the Brooklyn Bridge
John Simpson
   was famous for   
Contributions to the Development of Nuclear Energy
Joseph Bazalgette
   was famous for   
Creating a Sewer Network for Central London
Civil engineer. He helped relieve the city from cholera epidemics.
Joseph Locke
   was famous for   
Designing the Lancashire and Carlisle Railways
Civil engineer. He was a major pioneer of railway development in the 19th century.
Leonardo Da Vinci
   was famous for   
Conceptualising a Helicopter, a Tank and Submarine
AFlorentine & High Renaissance Engineer. Conceptualised concentrated solar power and a calculator etc.
Ludwig Prandtl
   was famous for   
Developing the Mathematical Basis for the Principles of Subsonic Aerodynamics
Marc Seguin
   was famous for   
Inventing the Wire-cable Suspension Bridge
Civil engineer. Also invented the multi-tubular steam-engine boiler.
Mark Dean
   was famous for   
Co-developing the Original IBM PC
Part of a team
Ray Dolby
   was famous for   
Founding Dolby Laboratories
Robert Hutchings Goddard
   was famous for   
Proving That Rocket Engines Could Produce Thrust in a Vacuum
Robert Noyce
   was famous for   
Co-founding Intel
Sir Alexander Richardson Binnie
   was famous for   
Designing the First Blackwall Tunnel
Civil engineer. Knighted by Queen Victoria for services to engineering
Sir John Wolfe-Barry
   was famous for   
Designing Tower Bridge
Civil engineer. Also designed several other English bridges
Sir Sanford Fleming
   was famous for   
Creating the Worldwide System of Standard Time
Stephen Timoshenko
   was famous for   
Developing Timoshenko Beam Theory & Work on Elasticity of Materials
Considered the "father" of engineering mechanics. He wrote many of the seminal works in the areas of engineering mechanics, elasticity and strength of materials, many of which are still widely used today.
Stephen Wozniak
   was famous for   
Founding Apple
Electrical engineer. Later returned to finish school
Washington Roebling
   was famous for   
Overseeing the Construction of Brooklyn Bridge
Played a major role in the U.S. Civil War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army; observing Confederate movements via balloon reconnaissance prior to Gettysburg and informing Union tactics at Little Round Top
William Hewlett
   was famous for   
Co-founding Hewlett-Packard
Electrical engineer
William LeMessurier
   was famous for   
Designing the Citicorp Building
Structural designer
William Tierney Clark
   was famous for   
Designing the First Suspension Bridge to Span the River Thames
Civil engineer. He was among the earliest designers of suspension bridges. Internationally, he is revered for his design of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.
Yuan-Cheng Fung
   was famous for   
Developing Fung's Law
Regarded as a founding figure of bioengineering and the "Founder of Modern Biomechanics


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