The Engineers Who Have Changed the Course of History
Do you want to change the world? If you’re looking for a job in engineering, you might be inspired by these examples of engineers who have changed the course of history with their work:
Famous Engineers You Should Know About:
1. Stephanie Louise Kwolek (born in 1923). Stephanie Louise Kwolek was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1996 thanks to her work as a research scientist, and she was added to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003. Kwolek discovered liquid crystalline polymers, resulting in the creation of Kevlar, which is now used all over the world for bulletproof vests, crash helmets, radial tyres, fibre optic cables and aeroplane fuselages.
2. Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a household name in the UK, but do you know how many important structures he is responsible for? He created twenty-five railway lines, more than a hundred bridges, the Thames Tunnel, several train stations and three ships.
3. Leonardi da Vinci (1452-1519). Remembered as an artist and sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci made a phenomenal contribution to the world of engineering. Many world-changing concepts based on da Vinci’s designs have been developed since his death, including a hang glider and a machine comparable to a helicopter.
4. Beulah Louise Henry (1887-1973). Beulah Louise Henry was a prolific inventor in the 1920s and 1930s, patenting a wide variety of engineering firsts including a vacuum ice-cream freezer, a bobbin-free lockstitch sewing machine and a typewriter that could create multiple copies without carbon paper. She was one of the few female engineers to make a great deal of money from her inventions at this time.
5. Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000). Best known for her movie star status in the 1930s and 40s, Hedy Lamarr’s lesser-publicised legacy to the world is in her engineering achievements. She invented a remote-controlled communications systems that was used by the United States military during the second World War, and the principles of her discovery form the core of the communication technology we use today, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi network connections.
6. Steve Jobs (1955-2011). Whether you’re a fan of Apple technology or not, there’s no denying that the iPhone, iPad and iPod creator changed the face of communication technology. Influencing the way we listen to music, carry out our work and socialise with others all over the world, Jobs has gone down in history as an engineer of note.
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