List of aerospace engineers
Overview
This is a list of notable aerospace engineers, people who were trained in or practiced aerospace engineering
Aerospace engineering
Aerospace engineering is the primary branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction and science of aircraft and spacecraft. It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering...

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See also List of engineers – for lists of engineers from other disciplines.
  • A.P.J Abdul Kalam, (born October 15, 1931) – Ex-President of India
  • Michael P. Anderson – died in Columbia disaster
  • Neil Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong
    Neil Alden Armstrong is an American former astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator, and the first person to set foot upon the Moon....

    , (born August 5, 1930) First man on the moon
  • Ron Ayers
    Ron Ayers
    Ron Ayers is an engineer who was responsible for the aerodynamics of the land speed record-holding vehicle, ThrustSSC.Born in London, England in 1932, Ayers obtained a BSc in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MSc in aerodynamics from Cranfield University before starting...

     – Designer of ThrustSSC
    ThrustSSC
    ThrustSSC, also spelt Thrust SSC by secondary sources, is a British jet-propelled car developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers and Jeremy Bliss....

    , the first land based vehicle to break the sound barrier
    Sound barrier
    The sound barrier, in aerodynamics, is the point at which an aircraft moves from transonic to supersonic speed. The term, which occasionally has other meanings, came into use during World War II, when a number of aircraft started to encounter the effects of compressibility, a collection of several...

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Encyclopedia
This is a list of notable aerospace engineers, people who were trained in or practiced aerospace engineering
Aerospace engineering
Aerospace engineering is the primary branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction and science of aircraft and spacecraft. It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering...

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See also List of engineers – for lists of engineers from other disciplines.

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  • A.P.J Abdul Kalam, (born October 15, 1931) – Ex-President of India
  • Michael P. Anderson – died in Columbia disaster
  • Neil Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong
    Neil Alden Armstrong is an American former astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator, and the first person to set foot upon the Moon....

    , (born August 5, 1930) First man on the moon
  • Ron Ayers
    Ron Ayers
    Ron Ayers is an engineer who was responsible for the aerodynamics of the land speed record-holding vehicle, ThrustSSC.Born in London, England in 1932, Ayers obtained a BSc in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MSc in aerodynamics from Cranfield University before starting...

     – Designer of ThrustSSC
    ThrustSSC
    ThrustSSC, also spelt Thrust SSC by secondary sources, is a British jet-propelled car developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers and Jeremy Bliss....

    , the first land based vehicle to break the sound barrier
    Sound barrier
    The sound barrier, in aerodynamics, is the point at which an aircraft moves from transonic to supersonic speed. The term, which occasionally has other meanings, came into use during World War II, when a number of aircraft started to encounter the effects of compressibility, a collection of several...

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  • V. P. Barmin, designer of the rocket launch complexs
  • Frank Barnwell
    Frank Barnwell
    Captain Frank Sowter Barnwell OBE AFC FRAeS BSc was an aeronautical engineer, who performed the first powered flight in Scotland and later went on to a career as an aircraft designer.-History:...

    , (1880–1938) chief engineer Bristol Aeroplane Company
    Bristol Aeroplane Company
    The Bristol Aeroplane Company, originally the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company, was both one of the first and one of the most important British aviation companies, designing and manufacturing both airframes and aero engines...

  • Charles Bolden - NASA Administrator
  • Frank Borman
    Frank Borman
    Frank Frederick Borman, II is a retired NASA astronaut and engineer, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, making him, along with fellow crew mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first of only 24 humans to do so...

    , (born March 14, 1928) First man circled the moon
  • Ludwig Bölkow
    Ludwig Bölkow
    Ludwig Bölkow was one of the aeronautical pioneers of Germany.-Background:Born in Schwerin, in north-eastern Germany, in 1912, Bölkow was the son of a foreman employed by Fokker, one of the leading aircraft constructors of that time.-Early career:Bölkow’s first job was with Heinkel, the aircraft...

     Me 262
  • Wernher von Braun
    Wernher von Braun
    Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, space architect, and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and in the United States after that.A former member of the Nazi party,...

    , (1912–1977), German rocket pioneer
  • Adolf Busemann
    Adolf Busemann
    Adolph Busemann was a German aerospace engineer and influential early pioneer in aerodynamics, specialising in supersonic airflows...

     Swept wing

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  • Sir Sydney Camm
  • Sir George Cayley – inventor of the science of aerodynamics
  • Roy Chadwick
    Roy Chadwick
    Roy Chadwick, CBE, FRAeS was an aircraft designer for Avro. Born at Marsh Hall Farm, Farnworth in Widnes, son of the mechanical engineer Charles Chadwick, he was the Chief Designer for the Avro Company and was responsible for practically all of their aeroplane designs...

  • Roger Chaffee – Apollo 1
    Apollo 1
    Apollo 1 was scheduled to be the first manned mission of the Apollo manned lunar landing program, with a target launch date of February 21, 1967. A cabin fire during a launch pad test on January 27 at Launch Pad 34 at Cape Canaveral killed all three crew members: Command Pilot Virgil "Gus"...

     fire victim
  • Kalpana Chawla
    Kalpana Chawla
    Kalpana Chawla was an Indian-American astronaut with NASA. She was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.-Early life:...

     (1961–2003)- died in Columbia disaster
  • Vladimir Chelomei
    Vladimir Chelomei
    Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey was a Soviet mechanics scientist and rocket engineer from Ukraine.-Early life:Chelomey was born in Siedlce, Russian Empire into a Ukrainian family...

  • Shafkat Chowdhury
    Shafkat Chowdhury
    Shafkat Ahmed Chowdhury, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh is a Bangladeshi-American Aerospace Engineer. Shafkat is one of the Contributor in NASA's high tech aerospace projects and also one of the pioneer in space vision...

     - Bangladeshi American Aerospace Engineer
  • Juan de la Cierva
    Juan de la Cierva
    Juan de la Cierva y Codorníu, 1st Count of De La Cierva was a Spanish civil engineer, pilot and aeronuatical engineer. His most famous accomplishment was the invention in 1920 of the Autogiro, a single-rotor type of aircraft that came to be called autogyro in the English language...

     – Inventor of the autogyro
  • Henri Coandă
    Henri Coanda
    Henri Marie Coandă was a Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer and builder of an experimental aircraft, the Coandă-1910 described by Coandă in the mid-1950s as the world's first jet, a controversial claim disputed by some and supported by others...

     – Inventor of the jet engine
  • Nicholas Comper
    Nicholas Comper
    Nicholas Comper was an English aviator and aircraft designer, whose most notable success was the 1930s Comper Swift monoplane racer.-Early life:...

     (1897–1939) designer of the Comper Swift
    Comper Swift
    -See also:-References:*Boughton, Terence. 1963. The Story of The British Light Aeroplane. John Murray*Meaden, Jack & Fillmore, Malcolm. . The Comper Lightplanes. Air-Britain Archive . Air-Britain. ISSN 02624923...

  • Philip M. Condit
    Philip M. Condit
    Philip Murray Condit is an American businessman who was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing company from 1996 to 2003.-Education :...

     Former CEO of Boeing
    Boeing
    The Boeing Company is an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation, founded in 1916 by William E. Boeing in Seattle, Washington. Boeing has expanded over the years, merging with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. Boeing Corporate headquarters has been in Chicago, Illinois since 2001...

  • Scott Crossfield
  • Glenn Curtiss
    Glenn Curtiss
    Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. He began his career as a bicycle then motorcycle builder and racer, later also manufacturing engines for airships as early as 1906...


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  • Werner Dahm
    Werner Dahm
    Werner Karl Dahm was an early spaceflight scientist of the Peenemünde Future Projects Office who emigrated to the US under Operation Paperclip and was the Marshall Space Flight Center Chief Aerodynamicist.-Life:Werner Karl Dahm was born on Feb...

  • Alberto Santos Dumont, (1873–1932) Inventor of the dirigible and aeronautics pioneer
  • Marcel Dassault
    Marcel Dassault
    Marcel Dassault, born Marcel Bloch was a French aircraft industrialist.-Biography:Dassault was born in Paris. After graduating from the lycée Condorcet, Breguet School and Supaero, he invented a type of aircraft propeller used by the French army during World War I and founded the Société des...

    , (1892–1986)
  • Serge Dassault
    Serge Dassault
    Serge Dassault is a French entrepreneur and conservative politician. According to Forbes magazine, he was the 96th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $9.3 billion....

     (1925–)
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance...

    , (1452–1519)
  • Satish Dhawan
    Satish Dhawan
    Satish Dhawan was an Indian rocket scientist and a pioneer aerospace engineer who was born in Srinagar, India and educated in India and the United States...

    , (1920–2002)
  • Paul Bernard Dilworth
    Paul Bernard Dilworth
    Paul Bernard Dilworth is an influential Canadian erotic engineer and the founder of Dilworth Secord and Meagher Associates Ltd....

    , (1915–2007)
  • Heini Dittmar
    Heini Dittmar
    Heini Dittmar was a German glider pilot.Inspired by the example of his glider flying brother Edgar, Dittmar took an apprenticeship at the German Institute for Gliding , and won first prize in his class in the 1932 Rhön Glider Competition, when he was 21 years old, with a self-built glider,...

    , (1911–1960) first man faster than 1000 km/h (Me163A and Me163B test pilot) and first sailplane world champion 1937.
  • Claudius Dornier
    Claudius Dornier
    Claude Honoré Desiré Dornier born in Kempten im Allgäu was a German airplane builder and founder of Dornier GmbH...

  • Iain Dowie
    Iain Dowie
    Iain Dowie is a former footballer and manager. He is currently without a club. He has previously managed Hull City and Queens Park Rangers and was assistant manager of Newcastle United...

  • Sir George Dowty
  • Pedro Duque
    Pedro Duque
    Pedro Duque Duque is a Spanish astronaut and a veteran of two space missions.Duque earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1986. He worked for GMV and for the European Space Agency for six years before being selected as an astronaut candidate in...


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  • Charles Richard Fairey
    Charles Richard Fairey
    Sir Charles Richard Fairey MBE, FRAeS was a British aircraft manufacturer.-Early life:Charles Fairey was born was born on 5 May 1887 in Hendon, Middlesex and educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and later as an apprentice at the Finsbury Technical College where he studied City &...

    , founder of the Fairey Aviation
    Fairey Aviation
    The Fairey Aviation Company Limited was a British aircraft manufacturer of the first half of the 20th century based in Hayes in Greater London and Heaton Chapel and RAF Ringway in Greater Manchester...

     company
  • Roy Fedden
    Roy Fedden
    Sir Alfred Hubert Roy Fedden MBE was an engineer who designed most of Bristol Engine Company's successful aircraft engine designs.-Early life:...

    , a British
    United Kingdom
    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

     engine designer for Bristol Engine Company
  • Anton Flettner
    Anton Flettner
    Anton Flettner was a German aviation engineer and inventor. He made important contributions to airplane and helicopter design...

  • Anthony Fokker
    Anthony Fokker
    Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" Fokker was a Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer. He is most famous for the fighter aircraft he produced in Germany during the First World War such as the Eindecker monoplanes, the Fokker Triplane the and the Fokker D.VII, but after the collapse of...

    , (1890–1939)
  • Henry Folland
    Henry Folland
    Henry Philip Folland was an English aviation engineer and aircraft designer.-Life:Folland was born to Frederick and Mary Folland at 2 King Street, Holy Trinity, Cambridge. His father was listed as a Stonemason....

  • Gerhard Fieseler
    Gerhard Fieseler
    Gerhard Fieseler was a German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, and aircraft designer and manufacturer....

     German aircraft designer

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  • Valentin Glushko
    Valentin Glushko
    Valentin Petrovich Glushko or Valentyn Petrovych Hlushko was a Soviet engineer, and the principal Soviet designer of rocket engines during the Soviet/American Space Race.-Biography:...

  • Robert Goddard
  • Tadeusz Góra
    Tadeusz Góra
    Tadeusz Góra was a Polish glider and military pilot. Born in Kraków, Austria-Hungary he was the first winner of the Lilienthal Gliding Medal in the world for his record-breaking 577.8-kilometer flight on May 18, 1938, glider PWS-101 from Bezmiechowa to Soleczniki .For this he was the first...

  • Jay Greene
    Jay Greene
    Jay H. Greene is a retired NASA engineer. He worked as a FIDO flight controller during the Apollo Program and a flight director from 1982 to 1986, most notably as ascent flight director during the Challenger accident in 1986...

  • Giuseppe Gabrielli
    Giuseppe Gabrielli
    Giuseppe Gabrielli was an Italian aeronautics engineer. He is famous as designer of numerous Italian military aircraft, including the FIAT G.50 and G.55 World War II fighters....

     (1903–1987) – Italian aircraft designer

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  • B. J. Habibie
  • Raoul Hafner
    Raoul Hafner
    Raoul Hafner, , was an Austrian-born British helicopter pioneer and engineer.Raoul Hafner, FEng, FRAes, a pioneer of rotating wing aircraft design, died as a result of a yachting accident, was an Austrian who made a distinctive contribution to the British aerospace industry, particularly the...

  • Geoffrey de Havilland
    Geoffrey de Havilland
    Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, OM, CBE, AFC, RDI, FRAeS, was a British aviation pioneer and aircraft engineer...

    , (1882–1965)
  • Harry Hawker
    Harry Hawker
    Harry George Hawker MBE, AFC, was an Australian aviation pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft, the firm that would later be responsible for a long series of successful military aircraft.-Early life:...

  • Edward H. Heinemann
  • Ernst Heinkel
    Ernst Heinkel
    Dr. Ernst Heinkel was a German aircraft designer, manufacturer, Wehrwirtschaftführer in the Third Reich, and member of the Nazi party. His company Heinkel Flugzeugwerke produced the Heinkel He 178, the world's first turbojet aircraft and jet plane, and the Heinkel He 176, the first rocket aircraft...

  • Homer Hickam
    Homer Hickam
    Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr. is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer. His autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, is studied in many American and international school systems, and was the basis for the popular film October Sky...

  • Peter K. Homer
    Peter K. Homer
    Peter K. Homer of Southwest Harbor, Maine, won $200,000 from NASA for his entry in the Astronaut Glove Challenge. The competition was held on Thursday, May 3, 2007, with a total of five teams competing , and was one of NASA's seven Centennial Challenges...

  • Howard Hughes
    Howard Hughes
    Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business magnate, investor, aviator, engineer, film producer, director, and philanthropist. He was one of the wealthiest people in the world...

  • François Hussenot
    François Hussenot
    François Hussenot was a French engineer, credited with the invention of one of the early forms of the flight data recorder.He attended the Ecole Polytechnique from 1930 to 1932...

    , inventor of one of the early forms of the flight recorder
    Flight recorder
    A flight recorder is an electronic recording device placed in an aircraft for the purpose of facilitating the investigation of an aircraft accident or incident. For this reason, flight recorders are required to be capable of surviving the conditions likely to be encountered in a severe aircraft...

  • Rick D. Husband – died in Columbia disaster
  • Wolfgang Haack
    Wolfgang Haack
    Wolfgang Siegfried Haack was a German mathematician and aerodynamicist. He and William Sears independently discovered the Sears–Haack body in 1947.-Life:...

  • Stanley Hooker
    Stanley Hooker
    Sir Stanley George Hooker was a jet engine engineer, first at Rolls-Royce where he worked on the earliest designs such as the Welland and Derwent, and later at Bristol Aero Engines where he helped bring the troubled Proteus and Olympus to market, and then designed the famous Pegasus.Stanley George...


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  • Theodore von Kármán
    Theodore von Karman
    Theodore von Kármán was a Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer and physicist who was active primarily in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. He is responsible for many key advances in aerodynamics, notably his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization...

    , (1881–1963)
  • Dietrich Küchemann
    Dietrich Küchemann
    Dietrich Küchemann CBE FRS FRAeS was a German aerodynamicist who made several important contributions to the advancement of high-speed flight...

  • Sergey Korolev
  • Chris Kraft
  • Ave K. Kludze, Jr.
  • Eugene Kranz Aeronautical Engineer

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  • Samuel Pierpont Langley
    Samuel Pierpont Langley
    Samuel Pierpont Langley was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation...

     – aircraft
  • Otto Lilienthal
    Otto Lilienthal
    Otto Lilienthal was a German pioneer of human aviation who became known as the Glider King. He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. He followed an experimental approach established earlier by Sir George Cayley...

  • Alexander Lippisch
    Alexander Lippisch
    Alexander Martin Lippisch was a German pioneer of aerodynamics. He made important contributions to the understanding of flying wings, delta wings and the ground effect. His most famous design is the Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket-powered interceptor.Lippisch was born in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria...

  • Per Lindstrand
    Per Lindstrand
    Per Lindstrand is a Swedish aeronautical engineer, pilot, adventurer and entrepreneur. He is particularly known for his series of record-breaking trans-oceanic hot air balloon flights and, later, attempts to be the first to fly a Rozière balloon around the Earth - all with British entrepreneur,...

     – balloons (and other aircraft)
  • Glynn Lunney
    Glynn Lunney
    Glynn S. Lunney is a retired NASA engineer. An employee of NASA since its foundation in 1958, Lunney was a flight director during the Gemini and Apollo programs, and was on duty during historic events such as the Apollo 11 lunar ascent and the pivotal hours of the Apollo 13 crisis...

     (1936– )

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  • Paul MacCready
    Paul MacCready
    Paul B. MacCready, Jr. was an American aeronautical engineer. He was the founder of AeroVironment and the designer of the human-powered aircraft that won the Kremer prize...

  • Ernst Mach
    Ernst Mach
    Ernst Mach was an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves...

    , (1838–1916)
  • Elsie MacGill
    Elsie MacGill
    Elizabeth Muriel Gregory "Elsie" MacGill, OC , known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes", was the world's first female aircraft designer. She worked as an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War and did much to make Canada a powerhouse of aircraft construction during her years at Canadian...

    , (1905–1980)
  • Frederick Marriott
    Frederick Marriott
    Frederick Marriott was an early aviation pioneer and creator of the Avitor Hermes Jr. which was the first unmanned aircraft to fly under its own power in the United States...

    , (1805–1884)
  • Mark D. Maughmer
    Mark D. Maughmer
    Dr. Mark D. Maughmer is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University...

  • Wilhelm Messerschmitt
    Willy Messerschmitt
    Wilhelm Emil "Willy" Messerschmitt was a German aircraft designer and manufacturer. He was born in Frankfurt am Main, the son of a wine merchant...

     (1898–1978)
  • R. J. Mitchell
    R. J. Mitchell
    Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, FRAeS, was an aeronautical engineer, best known for his design of the Supermarine Spitfire.-Early years:...

  • Montgolfier Brothers
    Montgolfier brothers
    Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier were the inventors of the montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. The brothers succeeded in launching the first manned ascent, carrying Étienne into the sky...

  • William C. McCool
    William C. McCool
    William Cameron "Willie" McCool was a United States Navy Commander, NASA astronaut and the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107...

     , died in Columbia disaster

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  • Richard Pearse
    Richard Pearse
    Richard William Pearse , son of Cornish immigrants from St Columb near Newquay, a New Zealand farmer and inventor who performed pioneering experiments in aviation....

     – Early New Zealand
    New Zealand
    New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...

     aircraft builder.
  • W. E. W. (Teddy) Petter
    W. E. W. Petter
    William Edward Willoughby "Teddy" Petter CBE was a British aircraft designer. He is noted for Westland's wartime aeroplanes, the Canberra, the early design of the Lightning, and his last plane, the Folland Gnat.-Early life:Edward was the son of Sir Ernest Petter , who founded the Petters Limited...

  • Percy Pilcher
    Percy Pilcher
    Percy Sinclair Pilcher was a British inventor and pioneer aviator who was his country's foremost experimenter in unpowered flight at the end of the 19th Century...

  • Herman Potočnik
    Herman Potocnik
    Herman Potočnik was an Austro-Hungarian rocket engineer and pioneer of cosmonautics . He is chiefly remembered for his work addressing the long-term human habitation of space.- Early life :Potočnik was born in Pola, southern Istria, Austria-Hungary...

    , (1892–1929)
  • Ludwig Prandtl
  • Henri Potez

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  • Judith Resnik
  • Osborne Reynolds
    Osborne Reynolds
    Osborne Reynolds FRS was a prominent innovator in the understanding of fluid dynamics. Separately, his studies of heat transfer between solids and fluids brought improvements in boiler and condenser design.-Life:...

    , (1842–1912)
  • Ben Rich
    Ben Rich
    Benjamin Robert Rich was the second director of Lockheed's Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991, succeeding its founder, Kelly Johnson. Regarded as the "father of stealth," Ben Rich was responsible for leading the development of the F-117, the first production stealth aircraft...

     – Lockheed Martin
    Lockheed Martin
    Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company with worldwide interests. It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington Metropolitan Area....

     Skunk Works
    Skunk works
    Skunk Works is an official alias for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs , formerly called Lockheed Advanced Development Projects. Skunk Works is responsible for a number of famous aircraft designs, including the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117 Nighthawk, and the F-22 Raptor...

    ; contributor to SR-71 and President during F-117 development
  • John M. Riebe
    John M. Riebe
    John Michael Riebe was an American aeronautical engineer and inventor who contributed to the early designs of flight surfaces...

    , (1921–)
  • Wilfrid Thomas Reid
    Wilfrid Thomas Reid
    Wilfrid Thomas Reid is an English aircraft designer and considered one of the pioneers of the Canadian aircraft industry....

     (1887–1968)
  • Les Frères Robert, Anne-Jean Robert (1758–1820), and Nicolas-Louis Robert. Balloonists
  • Gene Roddenberry
    Gene Roddenberry
    Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer and futurist, best known for creating the American science fiction series Star Trek. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, California where his father worked as a police officer...

  • Sir Alliott Verdon Roe
    Alliott Verdon Roe
    Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe OBE, FRAeS was a pioneer English pilot and aircraft manufacturer, and founder in 1910 of the Avro company...

  • Jan Roskam
    Jan Roskam
    Jan Roskam is the emeritus Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. He is the author of eleven books on airplane design and flight dynamics and over 160 papers on the topics of aircraft aerodynamics, performance, design and flight controls...

  • Ludwig Roth
    Ludwig Roth
    Ludwig Roth was the Aerospace engineer who was the head of the Peenemünde Future Projects Office which designed the Wasserfall and created advanced rockets designs such as the A9/A10 ICBM....

  • Edward J. Ruppelt
    Edward J. Ruppelt
    Edward J. Ruppelt was a United States Air Force officer probably best-known for his involvement in Project Blue Book, a formal governmental study of unidentified flying objects...

     (1923–1960) – director of Project Blue Book
    Project Blue Book
    Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects conducted by the United States Air Force. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study...

  • Burt Rutan
    Burt Rutan
    Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft...

  • Tubal Claude Ryan (1898–1982) founder of the Ryan Aeronautical Company
    Ryan Aeronautical Company
    The Ryan Aeronautical Company was founded by T. Claude Ryan in San Diego, California in 1934. Part of Teledyne after 1969, Northrop Grumman purchased Teledyne Ryan in 1999...

    .

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  • Igor Sikorsky
    Igor Sikorsky
    Igor Sikorsky , born Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was a Russian American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft...

  • Herbert Smith (engineer)
    Herbert Smith (engineer)
    Herbert Smith was a British aircraft designer.Smith started his career with the Yorkshire engineering company of Dean, Smith & Grace. He joined the Sopwith Aviation Company as a draughtsman in March 1914 and became Sopwith's chief engineer later that year. Smith designed the Pup, Triplane, Camel,...

     – Designer of the Sopwith Triplane
    Sopwith Triplane
    The Sopwith Triplane was a British single seat fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War. Pilots nicknamed it the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. The Triplane became operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in early 1917 and was...

  • Sir Tom Sopwith
    Thomas Sopwith
    Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith, CBE, Hon FRAeS was an English aviation pioneer and yachtsman.-Early life:...

     – Sopwith Aeroplane company
  • Klaus von Storch
    Klaus von Storch
    Klaus Bernhard von Storch Krüger is a Chilean aerospace engineer and astronaut trainee.Von Storch was born in Osorno, in southern Chile. In 1992, he was selected by the Chilean Space Agency for the preparation for the flight on the Space Shuttle...

  • Victor Szebehely
    Victor Szebehely
    Victor G. Szebehely was a key figure in the development and success of the Apollo program.Szebehely was born in Budapest, Hungary. He went to the United States in 1947 and became a naturalized citizen in 1956...

     – Aerospace Engineering & Celestial Mechanics
  • Nevil Shute
    Nevil Shute
    Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British-Australian novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. He used his full name in his engineering career, and 'Nevil Shute' as his pen name, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.-...

     – Aeronautical Engineer & Author
  • Joe Sutter
    Joe Sutter
    Joseph F. "Joe" Sutter was an engineer for the Boeing Airplane Company and chief engineer for the development of the Boeing 747 under Malcolm T. Stamper.-Early life:...

     – Chief engineer for the Boeing 747

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  • Richard Truly – former Astronaut and head of NASA
    NASA
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

  • Andrei Tupolev
    Andrei Tupolev
    Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev was a pioneering Soviet aircraft designer.During his career, he designed and oversaw the design of more than 100 types of aircraft, some of which set 78 world records...

     – Founder of OKB Tupolev
    Tupolev
    Tupolev is a Russian aerospace and defence company, headquartered in Basmanny District, Central Administrative Okrug, Moscow. Known officially as Public Stock Company Tupolev, it is the successor of the Tupolev OKB or Tupolev Design Bureau headed by the Soviet aerospace engineer A.N. Tupolev...

  • Theodore Theodorsen
    Theodore Theodorsen
    Theodore Theodorsen was a Norwegian-American theoretical aerodynamicist noted for his work at NACA and for his contributions to the study of turbulence.-Early years:Dr...

     – Aerodynamicist at NACA
    NACA
    - Organizations :* National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the forerunner of the U.S. federal agency NASA* National Association for Campus Activities, an organization for programmers of university and college activities...

  • Kurt Tank
    Kurt Tank
    Kurt Waldemar Tank was a German aeronautical engineer and test pilot, heading the design department at Focke-Wulf from 1931-45. He designed several important aircraft of World War II, including the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter aircraft.-Early life:Tank was born in Bromberg , Province of Posen...

     – Design Engineer for Focke-Wulf
    Focke-Wulf
    Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG was a German manufacturer of civil and military aircraft before and during World War II. Many of the company's successful fighter aircraft designs were slight modifications of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.-History:...


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  • Sir Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis
    Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, CBE FRS, RDI, FRAeS , was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the RAF in Operation Chastise to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War II...

     (1887–1979)
  • Ken Wallis
    Ken Wallis
    Wing Commander Kenneth Horatio Wallis MBE, DEng , CEng, FRAeS, FSETP, PhD , RAF , is one of the leading exponents of autogyros. He has held 34 records relating to them.-Early life:...

     MBE – autogyro
    Autogyro
    An autogyro , also known as gyroplane, gyrocopter, or rotaplane, is a type of rotorcraft which uses an unpowered rotor in autorotation to develop lift, and an engine-powered propeller, similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, to provide thrust...

  • Hellmuth Walter
    Hellmuth Walter
    Hellmuth Walter was a German engineer who pioneered research into rocket engines and gas turbines...

    , (1900–1980) – rocket engines
  • Richard Whitcomb
    Richard Whitcomb
    Richard T. Whitcomb , was an American aeronautical engineer noted for his significant contributions to the science of aerodynamics....

  • Sir Frank Whittle
    Frank Whittle
    Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS was a British Royal Air Force engineer officer. He is credited with independently inventing the turbojet engine Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was a British Royal Air...

    , (1907–1996)
  • Stanisław Wigura, (1901–1932)
  • The Wright Brothers

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  • Engelbert Zaschka
    Engelbert Zaschka
    Engelbert Zaschka was a German chief engineer, chief designer and inventor. Zaschka became one of the first German helicopter pioneers. He is a striking representative of the Rotationsflugzeug...

    , (1895–1955), one of the first German helicopter pioneers.
  • Ferdinand von Zeppelin
    Ferdinand von Zeppelin
    Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin was a German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin Airship company...

     (1838–1917)
  • Robert Zubrin
    Robert Zubrin
    Robert Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars. He was the driving force behind Mars Direct—a proposal intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission...

  • Henri Ziegler
    Henri Ziegler
    Henri Ziegler was one of the founders of Airbus and its first president.A Polytechnic engineer and graduate of "Sup'Aéro" as well as a French air force officer and test pilot, he was a founding father of Airbus Industrie and became its first...

    , father of the Airbus
    Airbus
    Airbus SAS is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace company. Based in Blagnac, France, surburb of Toulouse, and with significant activity across Europe, the company produces around half of the world's jet airliners....

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