Famous engineers

Learn about famous engineers and their contributions to the engineering world.


George Stephenson (1781 - 1848)

George Stephenson

George was the founder of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and one of the first railway engineers. He revolutionsied transportation in the UK by designing a series of steam locomotives, his famous locomotive being The Rocket at the beginning of the 19th century.

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Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867)

Michael Faraday

George was the founder of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and one of the first railway engineers. He revolutionsied transportation in the UK by designing a series of steam locomotives, his famous locomotive being The Rocket at the beginning of the 19th century.

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Isambard Brunel (1806 - 1859)

Isambard Brunel

Isambard was a civil engineer who contracted some of the longest span bridges in the 19th century. Isambard was a civil engineer who contracted some of the longest span bridges in the 19th century. Isambard was a civil engineer who contracted some of the longest span bridges in the 19th century.

Caroline Haslett (1895 - 1957)

George Stephenson

A pioneer of electricity in the home, Haslett helped to free women from household drudgery. An electrical engineer and campaigner, she was the first Secretary of the Women's Engineering Society as well as first Director of the Electrical Association for Women. Her dying wish was that she be cremated by electricity.

Amy Johnson (1903 - 1941)

George Stephenson

After becoming the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930, the pioneering aviator went on to set a slew of long-distance flying records. She died after going off-course in bad weather while transporting RAF aircraft around the country for the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. Amy was President of the Women's Engineering Society 1935 -1937.

Frank Whittle (1907 - 1996)

Frank Whittle

Frank produced designs for the world’s first jet engine during the 1930’s. He was known around the world as ‘the father of jet propulsion’.

Neil Armstrong (1930 - 2012)

Neil Armstrong

You may not actually know this but Neil trained as an engineer before his famous moonwalk. He achieved a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from USC.

Keith Duckworth (1933 - 2005)

Keith Duckworth

Keith jointly founded Cosworth Engineering, and developed a unique engine, which after development went on to win 9 Formula 1 World Championships in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His company helped pave the way for the domination that British engineers still have in Formula 1 today.

Daphne Jackson (1936 - 1991)

Neil Armstrong

Britain's first female physics professor. Had a distinguished career in nuclear, medical and radiation physics at the University of Surrey. Later she worked to promote science careers to women and set up a scheme to help women return to science after childbirth.

Helen Sharman (1963)

Neil Armstrong

Sharman was chosen as the first Briton to go into space after beating 13,000 rivals who responded to a radio advert looking for astronauts. She had previously worked as a chemist experimenting with chocolate for Mars confectionery, her work on the Mir space station included medical and agricultural tests.

Sir Jonathan Ive (1967)

Sir Jonathan Ive

Jonathan is regarded as the man behind bringing apple to the forefront of modern design. He combines what he has described as “fanatical care beyond the obvious stuff” with relentless experiments in tools, materials and production procedures to design iconic products.