3 of the Greatest Engineers of All Time

There are many engineers that could that have made important contributions to society, making choosing the top 3 greatest engineers of all time an impossible task.

However, we’ve put together three engineers that we think stand above the rest for changing civilisation.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is a popularly known engineer, most recognised as the inventor of the light bulb, camera and phonograph. Edison also invented many other devices that have played a huge part on our daily lives today.

Born in the US, Edison was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale work to his inventions.

Archimedes of Syracuse

Archimedes of Syracuse was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer. He is most known for several discoveries including the Archimedes’ Principle.

Born around 287 BC, Archimedes is especially important within the engineering world for his discovery of the relation between the surface and volume of a sphere, as well as its circumscribing cylinder. He also invented the Archimedes’ screw, which is still used today to raise water efficiently.

Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright was responsible for the first successful flying machine flight back in 1903. Other airplane designers at the time focused on engine power, whilst the Wrights focused on aerodynamic control that allowed manipulation of the machines surfaces. In fact, it was the three-axis control on the Wright flight that enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively.

Inspiration for engineering inventions can come from anywhere. For Wilbur Wright and his flying machine? A simple bicycle.

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