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Monday, September 04, 2006

Top Ten Engineers of All Time

Engineers are the people who have built our world. Everything we use today was at one point nothing but an idea in someone’s head, that was successfully designed and built. So who are the best engineers throughout history?

Continue reading...10. Nicolaus Otto

Nicolaus Otto developed the four-stroke or Otto-cycle engine and the first internal combustion engine, where fuel is burned directly in the piston chamber. The Otto-cycle is still used in the internal combustion engines that run all of our cars today. Despite developing the engine, it was Otto’s peers such as Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz who first apply it to locomotion, forever changing how people move around the world.

9. Alan Turing

Alan Turing developed the binary architecture now used in all computers, as well as much of the theory behind computers. He is regarded as the father of computer science. The computer you’re currently using would not exist without his contributions to the field. He also broke the German Enigma code during WWII, without which victory would have been far more difficult, if not impossible. After the war he made many other contributions to code making and breaking. While he never really built anything physical, his enormous influence in computer science earned him a place in the top ten.

8. Mikhail Kalashnikov

While much of Kalashnikov’s AK-47 was borrowed from other guns, his simplification of their designs to make a nearly flawlessly functioning rifle was his genius. The gun is cheap to manufacture, easy to use, and hard to break. It’s hard to argue with success, after 57 years the AK-47 is still in production, and there are dozens of different varieties from shotguns to sniper rifles and the familiar assault rifle. It is arguably one of the best guns in history, and definitely one of the most influential. After all, what other gun has African children named for it?

7. Archimedes of Syracuse

With Archimedes it’s difficult to separate the legend from the man. The engineering feats he is rumored to have accomplished include a mirror death-ray and a crane capable of lifting and smashing Roman ships, although they probably never existed. He did improve the catapult, develop levers and pulleys, and invent the Archimedean Screw, a device used to raise water for irrigation or mining. He also calculated pi and developed many mathematical insights without which modern engineering would be impossible.

6. Wilbur and Orville Wright

A clear indication of engineering brilliance is when you essentially invent your field. Other pioneers of flight came before them whose work was invaluable, but it was the Wrights who truly created aeronautical engineering. In a time when people thought of the mechanics of flight as ground locomotion in the air, the Wright brothers saw it as something wholly new. Their development of the three axis control system was necessary to fly controllably. They were also the first to really look at propeller design and aerodynamics. Their work profoundly changed the world.

5. Hero of Alexandria

This man could have started the Industrial Revolution in 50 AD with the invention of the Aeolipile, a form of steam or jet engine where jets of steam spin a ball. However, he failed to realize what the device could do, and thought of it as nothing but a toy. Some have speculated that the abundance of slave labor negated any need for a labor-saving device, so no one applied his device in the manner of the Industrial Revolution. Hero also wrote many works on subjects ranging from pneumatics to mathematics to physics.

4. James Watt

James Watt’s incarnation of the steam engine ushered in the Industrial Revolution. His centrifugal governor kept the engine running at the desired rate, and is a modification so simple and elegant that it may be one of the best ideas of all time. The governor was only one of his countless modifications to one of the most influential devices of all time. Watt’s perfection of one of the most important devices in history easily puts him in the top ten engineers.

3. Thomas Edison

Edison is the most prolific inventor in history, holding a record 1,097 patents. He developed the phonograph, incandescent light bulb, stock ticker, motion picture camera and projector, and hundreds more. He also created the first electrical plant and distribution infrastructure. Without these inventions, modern life is almost inconceivable.

2. Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla is perhaps the greatest electrical engineer of all time. His inventions include fluorescent lighting, the Tesla coil, the induction motor, and 3-phase electricity. He developed the AC-current generation system comprised of a motor and a transformer. Some have said that he “invented the 20th century.” Unfortunately, he became something of a mad scientist in his later years, and died in obscurity, but his invaluable contributions are remembered today.

1. Leonardo da Vinci

Perhaps the most visionary man of all time, Leonardo foresaw everything from the helicopter to the tank to the submarine. Modern engineers have proven that many of his designs, including bridges, hang-gliders, transmissions, parachutes, and more would have worked had they been built. There have been few individuals in the history of engineering who have designed so many revolutionary devices that actually worked. Leonardo is, by far, the greatest engineer of all time.


Honorable Mentions:

Eli Whitney – Cotton Gin and Interchangeable Parts
Rudolf Diesel – Diesel Engine
Wernher Von Braun – Rocketry
Enrico Fermi and Leó Szilárd – First Nuclear Reactor


Think I got the order wrong? Think I forgot someone? Tell me: leave your top ten in the comments.

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137 Comments:

  • Maybe Archimedes of Syracusa should be in a higher place, do not forget that in the time he lived making "devices that help in work" was not very popular because they already had slaves... (the same reason that puts Hero of Alexandria in top 5, and much time later).

    Leonardo is a little overrated, because many of his inventions actually didn't work :p (by desing mistakes, not technical impossibilities), but his greatest achievement was not any of his machines indeed the art of invention itself.

    A man who could be also in the top 10 is Henry Ford, because the assembly line, a key feature in the manufacturing process and a revolution in the industry.

    Great post anyway ;-)

    By Blogger fortran, at 1:52 AM, September 05, 2006  

  • Enrico Fermi was not an Engineer. He was a Physicist.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:27 AM, September 05, 2006  

  • I think Dean Kamen should be there, not because of the Segway, but because of all his contributions to the humankind (mobile dyalisis, water purification, iBot mobility system, infusion pump for diabetics, besides the Segway thing).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:23 AM, September 06, 2006  

  • Benjamin Franklin? He invented many things but his very best was the lightning rod. Would you call him an engineer?

    By Anonymous DeafLEGO, at 5:05 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • deaflego, He could be, but there are tons. One of the hardest parts of making this list was choosing ten out of a list of twenty. There are doubtless some that could be on here that I missed.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 5:18 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • What about Vannevar Bush?

    By Blogger pbegley, at 5:42 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • pbegley, I wouldn't count him, although it's an understandable selection. Fermi's questionable too, but I like him: personal taste is a big factor in these lists.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 5:48 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Stupac2, I think you did a wonderful job and am not starting to realize how hard it would be to pick only 10. Thanks for your feedback.

    By Anonymous DeafLEGO, at 5:54 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Thanks deaflego, glad you enjoyed it.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 6:05 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • I'd say Goddard (liquid fueled rocketry) is a better honorable mention than von Braun for rocketry.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:56 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • This list is ridiculous... most of those people weren't engineers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:21 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • and atleast one of the 10 is gay (da vinci is). So, I guess the 10% rule applies even in groups.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • C'mon, you mention Turning but not Claude Shannon?

    Claude shannon invented the bit!

    By Blogger sidd, at 9:01 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Tesla also pioneered the ideas of tilt wing aircraft, the fluid automatic transmission, and the rotary spark gap (car distributor).

    After his death he was also recognized as the father of radio.

    Telsa pioneered robotics and had a functional wireless remote control boat in the year 1901.

    By Blogger cyber_rigger, at 9:20 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • What about Santos Dumont?
    His airplane was the first to take off, fly, and land without the use of catapults, high winds, launch rails, or other external assistance.

    By Blogger Iuri Lammel, at 9:41 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Thanks for a nice post, but the title should really be "Top Ten European and American Engineers of All Time".

    I'd say the engineers who built the egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the aztec temples are worthy of some praise. These buildings were engineering, mathematical, political, cultural and philosophical statements all at the same time. Von Braun stood on some pretty hefty chinese shoulders of yore when he dabbled with rockets.

    Some mention of theoretical mathematicians would be nice too. Where would the world's engineers be today without Aryabhata's (500 AD) zero and his quadratic equations.

    By Blogger Srini, at 11:03 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Alan Turing wasn't an engineer. His claim to fame has nothing to do with engineering. He shouldn't be on the list at all.

    > Hero of Alexandria could have started the Industrial Revolution in 50 AD with the invention of the Aeolipile, a form of steam or jet engine where jets of steam spin a ball. However, he failed to realize what the device could do, and thought of it as nothing but a toy.

    This is a common delusion but the Aeolipile couldn't be more than a toy. The steam engine requires precision metallurgy that was only developed during the middle ages. It would have been far, far beyond the ancients to construct an engine. They couldn't even extrude wire for fuck's sake!

    With these two knocked off the list, let's think of replacements. There's already two engine people on the list and that's why Rudolf Diesel shouldn't make it. Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton ginny should put him near the top of the list since it was the precursor of automation which began with textiles. Wernher Von Braun also deserves to get on the list for making possible communications, mapping and weather satellites.

    By Blogger Richard, at 11:32 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Responding to Fortran,

    Henry Ford invented the assembly line the same way Bill Gates invented the personal computer. He didn't.

    The scientific dehumanization and exploitation of workers was invented by Frederick Winslow Taylor who worked for Ford. But the assembly line itself had been well-known for a long time. There were factories even in antiquity.

    By Blogger Richard, at 11:36 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • Why not Dr. Robert Goddard???...

    By Blogger Keith, at 11:37 PM, September 07, 2006  

  • 1 and 2 are probably spot on!
    Or possibly even reversed.
    Tough call!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:39 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • You missed out on Doug Engelbart, the computer engineer that invented the personal computer. And not just one thing about the PC either, but a whole laundry list of them. The 1968 Demo was a revolution.

    By Blogger Richard, at 1:00 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • I don't really think of Leonardo as an engineer. In my opinion the engineering process necessarily includes following through with the implementation and testing of an idea. Consider the immense gap between the idea of a lightbulb and the practical (and repeateable) construction of a lightbulb

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:26 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • How about Isambard Kingdom Brunel? He built the first true iron ship, the first 'modern' propeller, numerous briges around the UK - most still in use (eg Clifton Suspension Bridge) and his work on the Great Western Railway. As a side note, Edison didn't invent most of those - his team of staff did. His terms on emplyment gave him the patent and not the inventor. Also Joseph Swan invented the modern light bulb - Edison invested the method to mass produce it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:27 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • I would argue that whoever invented the waterwheel contributed far more to engineering then the Hero of Alexandria, unfortunately there is no one person that can be attributed to this design.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Your snippet on Turing is way off target. To begin with, Turing was a mathematician, and not an engineer. Furthermore, he was little, if at all, concerned with the physical architecture of a computer. His contribution is mainly the notion of computability, i.e., the definition of what you can come up with, armed with pencil and paper (figuratively speaking) -- a ground-breaking concept for its time, but clearly not engineering. The "binary architecture" of modern computers is due to John Atanasoff (as I take it you're talking specifically about the electronic computer.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:49 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Another inaccuracy in the Turing article is that there has never been anything like "German Enigma code". It was Turing's machine that was called Enigma, which was, indeed, used to break coded messages of the Axis. The whole project around the machine was also called Enigma, and the one was called after the other, though I'm not quite sure which one after which.

    Also note that Enigma was not binary (again in reference to the "binary architecture".)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:57 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • on your list I agree only with Da Vinci, Archimedes, Watt, Tesla and Edison.


    what about Gustave Eiffel who perfected suspension bridges and built the iron tower of the same name ?

    Ferdinand Porsche who invented the torsion bar and designed cars, engines and tanks with a 60 years lineage ?

    Andre Lefebvre who designed the first successful front wheel drive and the Citroen DS, a car arguably 30 years ahead of its time ?

    the inventor of the integrated circuit ? of the cavity magnetron ?

    By Blogger Florent, at 2:11 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • What about Isambard Kingdom Brunel? Wide ranging interests and abilities, as well as a pioneer in a number of fields.

    /rasmusdf

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:37 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Maybe the guys that built the Hubble Telescope, or those really advanced electronics on submarines, planes, spaceships, hell even the space station were in the process of building. How about those probes to mars.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:44 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • No Isambard Kingdom Brunel?!?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:53 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel
    Now there's an engineer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:08 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • I would put Glenn Curtiss in there instead of Wilbur and Orville Wright. He was doing all the same things at around the same time. He also invented ailerons (still on airplanes today), and a lot of his aircraft designs were used for decades.

    History has apparently forgotten him because he didn't make the first powered flight, but his contributions to aviation were more significant and longer lasting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:32 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Wow, thanks for all the feedback! Honestly, I've never even heard of many of these people. You'd be surprised how hard it is to find engineers and make a list of it, especially when you've already got twenty and can't decide between them. And I even asked every engineer I knew what they thought, because I knew I'd miss some.

    If I ever do a follow-up, some of these new guys will definitely be in it (or someone else could do it for me).

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 5:06 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • What about Kelly Johnson?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:46 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • I like the idea, but as many people have pointed out, there are a fair few definition errors. A number were not engineers - and you've missed out a fair few 'proper' engineers!

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel needs to be on there. Turin doesn't need to be there. Charles Babbage could be there instead!

    For your next list, you need to define greatness. Is it the most number of innventions, or innventions that are useful today, or the ones which have affected Man the most?

    You need to be aware that a few of these engineers were better self publicists and so their role has been inflated. That could easily be said of Leonardo - even though he did come up with some great ideas.

    Maybe there should also be an understanding that by today, most products tend to get invented or revined by teams and branded. The mobile phone is a fantastic innvention but was it invented by Motorola or by Marconni?
    The same situation is true for TV - it has changed the world for ever but we still don't really have one person we can point at as being the innventor (in the UK it is said Baird invented TV, but his set was mechanical and worked in Long Wave)

    Really enjoyed reading this - your getting a tick on Reddit from me!

    By Anonymous F0ul, at 5:48 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • as a mechanical engineer, I can speak from experience....

    being an "engineer" is a vague term. In the same way anyone can call themselves an artist, anyone can claim to be an engineer. The quality of ones work differenciates himself from his peers.

    an engineer in this case is anyone who creates some technical knowledge, ie. some scientific finding put to practical use.

    good post

    By Blogger Will, at 5:49 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • In terms of societal impact, Wendel Haviland Carrier, the inventor of air conditioning, must be included. This single invention has saved more lives than penicillan, as death from ingestion of spoiled food used to be very significant.

    By Anonymous Thomas Pate, at 5:49 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Filippo Brunelleschi - revolutionized architecture in the 12th - 13th century and had great influence in wrenching humanity from the Middle Ages into the Rennaisance. Most notable contributions were the first patent, a mule driven crane, and the amazing Cupola of the Duomo in Florence, the largest spanning dome ever built before steel beams were introduced. He is the forefather of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Donatello, etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • i'd put steve wozniak and konstantin tsiolkovsky on the list. maybe it should be a top twenty, though, since you had such trouble trimming it down to ten.

    By Blogger memius, at 6:30 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • I believe that Isengard Kingdom Brunel deserves a mention....

    By Blogger Ramesh, at 6:34 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • erm, Westinghouse was doing AC distribution when Edison was backing DC. Edison eventually realised he was wromg ... but not before he got into electrocuting an elephant in public to try to back his cause ...

    By Blogger danmcb, at 7:22 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Amazing how people can Nit Pick of course they were engineers. This is a mamouth effort just picking out the top ten. I couldent do it, glad its been done! Thank You

    By Anonymous Vivaldi, at 7:34 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Vivaldi, I'm glad people are nit-picking, now I know a whole bunch more influential engineers! And I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 7:39 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Re: Eli Whitney (pasted from my blog)
    Eli Whitney invented a cotton gin but it wasn't the first. Henry Odgen Holmes invented it before there was such a thing as the patent office (he filed what was known as a "caveat"). We may have also learned that Eli went broke over his invention (which feeds the idea that inventors are doomed to fail financially) but Eli went broke because he was trying to make money by controlling the means of ginning the cotton. If he'd sold his machine to folks who wanted one, he probably would have done okay. But then again, competition would have been brisk so he would have had to be competitive because the machine is obvious -once you see it- so any decent blacksmith could have built one. It was an idea who's time had come, knock offs were inevitable.

    The whole interchangeable parts thing is another historical misperception (long story). He was just the most successful at having promoted the concept.

    By Anonymous Kathleen Fasanella, at 8:17 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • How about me?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:10 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Kalashnikov??? Please. The AK-47 might've been the most produced rifle in the 20th/21st centuries, but Kalashnikov isn't even the "best" firearms designer of his time period.

    That would be John Browning. His pistol designs influenced just about every semiautomatic pistol designed since the early 20th century, and his .30 and .50 cal machine guns are still in use after nearly 90s years.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:26 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • I would add the creators of the WWW

    By Blogger DudeAsInCool, at 11:02 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Wat about Physicst Albert Einstein? MAny of his works are even still to be understood by the public..

    By Blogger MaximusDecimus, at 11:13 AM, September 08, 2006  

  • Check out Edison's page on wikipedia.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:16 PM, September 08, 2006  

  • study before you post is good to try to find who is the first
    GREEK
    START FROM ARCHIMEDES/DEMOKRITOS/IPOKRATIS/
    AND SO ON THE LIST IS HUGE EVEN GREEK WRITER WAS WRITE ABOUT THE TRAVEL TO MOON and dont forget ASTRONAUTS IS GREEK WORLD

    By Blogger pavlis, at 12:45 PM, September 08, 2006  

  • Where are the black people in this dident they invent or engineer anything?

    By Anonymous voidling, at 2:09 PM, September 09, 2006  

  • Voidling, I didn't think of any who did. As I've said before, this is by no means a perfect list.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 2:23 PM, September 09, 2006  

  • How about the japanese guy that
    invented LED ? He just received a Millenium award for that. LED's usage possibilities are limitless in many different areas: light, water purification... etc. etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:55 AM, September 11, 2006  

  • A good place to start studying engineering history might be the book Ancient Engineers which is quite readable.

    By Blogger Richard Kulisz, at 9:12 PM, September 14, 2006  

  • "Another inaccuracy in the Turing article is that there has never been anything like "German Enigma code""...yes, actually, there was. The primary German encryption device was a modified commercial system named the Enigma. The British system that broke it was called the Bombe.

    There was also a German system known as FISH which was used for the encryption of teleprinter traffic. FISH could not be broken by the Bombe, which was an electromechanical device: it was broken by an electronic system called COLOSSUS. The principal designer of Colossus was Tommy Flowers, a telephone engineer.

    By Blogger David, at 6:44 AM, September 15, 2006  

  • How about Konstantin Tsiolkovsky who was pretty much the father of spaceflight?
    Physisist, mathematician, engineer and inventor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:12 AM, September 15, 2006  

  • What about Isaac Newton? If you have Da Vinci, you HAVE to mention Newton. Though I guess he didn't really invent anything concrete, while Da Vinci did. Still coming up with calculus and gravity is pretty big.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 PM, September 19, 2006  

  • How about John von Neumann? Isn't he the father of modern computer? IMHO he is far more important than Mikhail Kalashnikov.

    By Blogger chq, at 5:35 AM, September 27, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:04 AM, October 14, 2006  

  • Oh, my goodness! How could you all havw forgotten Gutenberg? He HAS to be #1 on the list. Without the printing press, how would we ever be where we are, today?

    Fred in Raleigh

    By Anonymous Fred A. in Raleigh, at 5:21 PM, November 17, 2006  

  • what about bush i think he is a geneous (ahahahahahahahahah)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:37 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • For the record, the LED wasn't invented by a "Japanese guy". Oleg Losev was Russian.

    --
    Chris

    By Blogger bidmead, at 6:28 AM, May 15, 2007  

  • Very nice website I've learned so much but it has many great in popular engineers..

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    By Blogger Joel Deguito, at 4:54 PM, August 05, 2007  

  • Here's several you missed. Since you had as many scientists as engineers, and few civil engineers, here are some other choices:


    You missed the "Japanese Edison"

    Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats

    "He has been named by the International Tesla Society, a Colorado-based association of inventors, as one of the five most influential scientists in history, along with such luminaries as Archimedes and Marie Curie"

    from:

    http://www.iht.com/articles/1995/04/10/matscon.ttt.php


    Also: Joseph Aspdin of Leeds-- inventor of "Portland Cement" -- we would not have so many marvels of civil engineering and buildings without cement.

    http://www.azom.com/details.asp?articleID=1317

    James Carroll -- first bicycle patent (1866)

    John Loudon MacAdam -- macadam road development (critical for good roads, airstrips, ...)

    By Blogger georoad, at 5:28 PM, August 26, 2007  

  • You also forgot another all time famous african american engineer. Lewis Latimer who invented the filament in the light bulb. He also invented the streetlight. Try reading "A World Without Black People" and you'll see that simple things such as irons and pencil sharpeners are a nessasary things in life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 PM, October 06, 2007  

  • Hi there,

    just wanted to let u know bout another engineer worth considering...Dr.P.A Venkatachalam.

    He has contributed very much in the fields of biomedical and computer science. He is one of the pioneers in the realtive fields. Please do consider.

    Thank you


    Dr.Sasendera Balamohan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:33 PM, November 16, 2007  

  • Good list.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 AM, July 04, 2008  

  • its really important that you put on tommy flowers with turin, he is forgotten in history yet his work was just, if not more important.

    good post

    By Blogger bloggoo, at 3:12 AM, December 02, 2008  

  • One of my favorite Black candidates for best engineer is I think one of the best candidates period. George Washington Carver. He was a chemical engineer, agricultural engineer, and a biotechnologist all rolled in one. His inventive uses of American agricultural products were very practical and economical. He was not interested in making money on them but he easily could have. Henry Ford even wanted to hire him.

    By Blogger john, at 11:03 PM, August 31, 2009  

  • You forgot Edwin Howard Armstrong, inventor of regeneration, superregeneration, the superheterodyne, and frequency modulation.

    All needed for modern wireless TV, radio, radar and wireless cell phones.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:53 AM, October 02, 2009  

  • Seriously, I think this ranking is not done by a pioneer. How can we forgot Newton, the father of all phisics and the greatest scientist of all times (not an engieneer, but maybe a special mention for his work)!

    I miss Navier too, maybe he¨will be betwen 1 and 3 rank, all elastic strcutures can be calculated thanks to his teory. When i say structures i mean, planes, cars, buildings, ships, engines, everything done with metals.. knowing before of his manufacture if something will work or not.

    Carnot, Hooke, Zhuravski, Thimoshenko, Tesla, Simón Stevin , Edison... maybe Ford as somebody says there are much better engienieers than Kalashnikov

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 AM, January 11, 2010  

  • I work with this Pipeline Reliability Engineer that keeps telling me he is in the top 5 in the US, possibly the entire world. His name is C. Mursky . Thought he should make the list.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:16 AM, March 10, 2010  

  • My vote goes to Isingard Brunel, the mavric multidiciplinary engineer from the Victorian Age during the industrial revolution. Brunel was single handedly responsible for many firsts during his highly productive (but too short) life. Civil engineering solutions such as the Liverpool to Manchester swivling Viaduct, massive iron railway bridges, tunneling under the Themes, steamships, inventing inovative fabrication tecniques to mention just a few.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:18 PM, April 01, 2010  

  • Where's the father of electrical engineering Michael Faraday? Faraday invented the first electric motor, transformer, and generator. There would be no James Clerk Maxwell, Einstein, Tesla, or Edison without Michael Faraday.

    al-Jazari was also one of the best engineers with the first programmable computer clock.

    Thomas Edison is a fraud and shouldn't be on the list. Alan Turing is not really an engineer. Da Vinci never really did anything but drawings of designs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:44 AM, June 17, 2010  

  • I would add John Harrison, the inventor of the first accurate chronometer, with which the "Problem of Longitude" was solved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:45 AM, August 13, 2010  

  • Alexander Graham Bell deserves to be on this list with his telephone, metal detector, hydrofoil and Aeronautics work. His 30 patents range from obviously the telephone to selenium cells. He had worked on composting toilets, renewable fuels,breeding cattle etc
    Jeesh how could you forget him?

    By Anonymous Chris Yukna, at 4:26 AM, August 26, 2010  

  • I think burt rutan should be up there

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 PM, October 21, 2010  

  • i think burt rutan should be up there

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  • I THINK BURT RUTAN SHOULD BE UP HERE!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:09 PM, October 21, 2010  

  • What about Turkish great civil engineer Mimar Sinan? He built 57 mosques, 52 schools, 9 bridges etc in 16th century. Read his career at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimar_Sinan.. he is a genius.

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