Surprise, surprise. When people think engineer, they often think researcher or inventor or designer. But as this list shows, engineers are also heads of state, world-class athletes and acclaimed film directors:
When Mark did his series of articles So, You Want to Be an Engineer...
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Cartoonist and creator of "Dilbert"
The late Palestinian Authority President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Edwin Howard Armstrong
Inventor of the wide-band frequency modulation, now known as FM radio
First man to walk on the moon
British comedian; of TV series "Mr. Bean"
Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor of the telephone
Inventor of the first cost-effective process for mass-producing steel
Leader of the former Soviet Union
Film director; "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "It's a Wonderful Life"
39th President of the United States
Film director; original version of "The Little Shop of Horrors"
Leonardo Da Vinci
Artist; one of the great masters of the High Renaissance
Inventor of the pressure-ignited heat engine
Audio system innovator and founder of Dolby Laboratories
Invented the light bulb, among 1,093 patented inventions
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
Designed the Eiffel Tower and the internal structure of the Statue of Liberty
George W. G. Ferris
Inventor of the Ferris Wheel
Sir Sanford Fleming
Creator of the worldwide system of standard time
Father of 20th century American industry; instituted industrial mass production of automobiles
Known as the "mother of modern management"; mother of 12; her children wrote "Cheaper by the Dozen"
Roberto C. Goizueta
Former chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola
William Hewlett and David Packard
Director and producer of famed psychological thrillers such as "Psycho" and "The Birds"
31st President of the United States
Grace Murray Hopper
Developer of the first computer compiler and the computer program language COBOL
Former chairman and chief executive officer of Chrysler Corp.
Yachtsman and winning America's Cup captain in 1992
Famous actress in the 1940s
Former Dallas Cowboys coach
16th President of the United States
Olympic gymnast, 1992, 1996
Father of the radio; won the Nobel Prize for Physics
Inventor of a revolutionary lubricator for steam engines; prompted people inspecting new equipment to query if it contained the "real McCoy"
George de Mestral
Inventor of the "hook and loop fastener," which was patented under the name Velcro
Developer of Nielsen rating system
Leader of the rock band Boston
Former White House Chief of Staff for President George Bush; CNN commentator
Inventor of the induction motor and the accompanying alternating current long-distance electrical transmission system
First President of the United States
John F. Welch, Jr.
Former chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric
Founder of the Westinghouse Electric Company; inventor of a system of air brakes that made train travel safe
Inventor of the cotton gin
TV talk show host; highly decorated former Naval engineer and Naval Intelligence Officer
Former President of Russia
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