List of mechanical engineers

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This is a list of mechanical engineers, noted for their contribution to the field of mechanical engineering.

See also List of engineers for links to other engineering professions.

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  • Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) – polymath
  • Kalyanmoy Deb – known for work on optimization for engineering design
  • Robbie Dickson - worked on optimizing the braking system of supercars
  • Rudolf Diesel (1858–1913) – inventor of the diesel engine
  • Bryan Donkin (1768–1855) – associated with paper making and printing machinery, tinned food, beam engines, gas valves and the Babbage difference engine; employed on civil engineering projects such as the Thames Tunnel, Chatham Docks and Caledonian Canal; member of Royal Society of Arts, Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers; founder member of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Cornelius Drebbel (1572–1633) – inventor of the first navigable submarine
  • Keith Duckworth (1933–2005) – designer of the Cosworth DFV

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  • Alec Issigonis (1906–1988) – automotive engineer associated with the development of the Mini

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