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Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers

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Rob Spiegel
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We love you, Mr. Bean
Rob Spiegel   5/15/2013 8:44:16 AM
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Nice slide show, Chuck. Many of these are not surprising, especially all of those involved in the space program. The one that really hits it out of the park is Mr. Bean. Come to think of it, he looks like an engineer. Plus, I gotta see The Unauthorized Life.

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Charles Murray   5/15/2013 6:46:25 PM
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Rob, my persdonal favorite is George Halas. Halas, the founder of trhe NFL, was an amazingly accomplished man. Who would have thought he was also an engineer?

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etmax   2/26/2014 8:38:15 PM
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Thanks for a fun slide show Chuck, Mr Bean was a lovely surprise :-)really clever guy, so probably not really suprised.

One question

"22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers"

I only saw 18?? :-)

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Elizabeth M   5/16/2013 6:04:59 AM
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Mr. Bean! Yes, he definitely has the look of an engineer, you're right, Rob. But I would think he would have historically acted a bit more clever considering his background. Thanks for another fun slideshow, Chuck!

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Re: We love you, Mr. Bean
jaydhall   5/16/2013 9:03:22 AM
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Elizabeth, so you are saying engineers are all funny looking? I have been an engineer for over 40 years! I resent that! Let me go look in the mirror.......

Oh. I see. OK.

This does explain my lack of photo on my posts.....


And all the pointing and laughter. All these years explained in a moment...

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Elizabeth M   5/16/2013 2:52:26 PM
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Ha, no, not at all, jaydhall...I just meant he looked intelligent...and thoughtful...and like a man who knows how to figure things out. All qualities of an engineer. ;)

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notarboca   5/25/2013 1:35:07 PM
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Mr. Bean was a complete surprise to me!

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etmax   2/26/2014 8:40:22 PM
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Elizabeth, did you ever see the episode where he got a TV and engineered an antenna to make it work? I wonder how much input he had :-)

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Elizabeth M   2/27/2014 5:45:31 AM
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I missed that one, etmax. To be honest, I never was a Mr. Bean fan! I couldn't see the allure, engineer or not! ;)

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VadimR   5/16/2013 9:12:31 AM
Bill Nye is another one that I didn't expect.  Recently I saw a clip where he is bashing anyone who doesn't believe the religion of evolution.  What happened to his education of not having preconceived notions but to test everything?

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Rob Spiegel   5/16/2013 3:58:25 PM
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I wasn't surprised the Bill Nye was an engineer, VadimR. I've seen him quite a bit, and he seems to have an engineer's mind to me.

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More Engineers yet
rkinner   2/25/2014 10:04:45 AM
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My daughter went to high school with a NFL and Arena Football League place kicker named Todd France.  He went to Univ. of Toledo and majored in Mechanical Engineering.  Holds records for his postiion at UT and played for several NFL teams as well as many years with the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL.  He scored a touchdown against Marshall with a trick play "Nerd up the middle" (that was the team's name for it) where they set up for a field goal and he took a handoff from the holder and ran it in.  He served in the Peace Corp but don't know what has happened with him since.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_France

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interesting
NadineJ   5/15/2013 10:10:41 AM
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The first list was more interesting for me than this one.  Growing up in the 80's, it was obvious that astronauts were engineers.  For an older generation, it was obvious that astronauts started as air force pilots. 

Lists are nice but analysis is always appreciated.  Holding 80 patents is a clear application of engineering skills for Lonnie Johnson but did Schwarzkopf ever apply "engineering thinking" in his career?

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Memories...
Corona Rich   5/16/2013 8:53:43 AM
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So nice to see Ellen's smiling face in there.  We went to SDSU together.  On top of being blazingly smart, she is a very talented musician!

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Those who are not
Battar   5/16/2013 9:01:13 AM
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Perhaps you could make a list of the most influential people in engineering who were not, in fact, engineers. I suggest that the list should start with Scott Adams (maybe the Wright borthers would be on it, too, and Chuck Yeager)

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Brezhnev
Ucster   5/16/2013 9:32:53 AM
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I'm pretty sure old Eyebrows Brezhnev passed away in 1982, not 1972.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/16/2013 12:58:40 PM
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Good catch, UCster. We'll fix the typo. Thanks. 

Ucster
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Ucster   5/16/2013 1:00:27 PM
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Thanks, Charles.  I enjoy the DN website and articles like this.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/16/2013 1:08:03 PM
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It's fixed UCster. Thanks again.

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Football & Astronauts
wardljc   5/16/2013 11:22:19 AM
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I thought the first list was more interesting, too.  Alfred Hitchcock surprised me, Bill Nye didn't.

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What about Wierd Al?
wclardy   5/16/2013 11:52:58 AM
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You've gone two rounds, pretended that people should be surprised that astronauts have engineering backgrounds, and even extended your definition of engineer to include Scott Adams, and still not mentioned "Weird Al" Yankovic, who got his bachelor's degree in Architecture at the San Luis Obispo campus of Cal Poly? Really?

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motorhead   5/16/2013 12:57:39 PM
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My computer hates your website.  Much much worse than any other website.

Pages take forever to load.

I'd spend more time on this site if it was easier and quicker to navigate.

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Kirk McLoren   5/16/2013 1:04:26 PM
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My computer hates this website too. Don't bother scrolling till page is finished loading as it will jump what you are reading offscreen anway. Amazon, ebay,yahoo - none of these do it. Only hardware people at EDN?

Charles Murray
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Personal favorite
Charles Murray   5/16/2013 1:24:00 PM
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I have several personal favorites in this list, with two being George Halas and Dr. Stefan Humphries. Most people recognize Halas as the co-founder of the National Football League, but few know of Humphries. There are a couple of good stories from Sports Illustrated in the 1980s about Humphries. See the index below. One is called "He Came Out Picture Perfect." The other is "The Can't Miss Kid."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122144/index.htm

 

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Didn't Know Were Engineers
apresher   5/16/2013 4:07:41 PM
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Very and pleasantly surprised to learn that Lee Iacocca is an engineer.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/16/2013 6:20:04 PM
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It's interesting that so many of us who lived through the 1980s thought of Iacocca as a commercial pitchman. His face was constantly on TV. But he was really considered a "car guy" in Detroit.  

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/21/2013 11:55:22 AM
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One that surprised (and delighted) me was Norman Schwarzkopf.  But being from Detroit originally, Lee Iacocca was a home town hero -- so no surprise there ( father'd the Mustang and saved Chrysler Motors).   Most surprising was Leonid Brezhnev.  Thanks for the list – Great research!

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Charles Murray   5/21/2013 7:16:21 PM
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The ones who didn't make the list probably required more research than those who did. It took numerous calls to colleges to determine whether some of these people were engineers or not. I would have liked the list to have more balance by adding people like Donald Sutherland, Herbie Hancock and Neil Young, to name a few who were unprovable, but it was not to be.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/23/2013 9:33:41 AM
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Wow – Musicians, too.  How do you substantiate (rather, create) this candidate list initially, prior to research verification-?

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22 PEOPLE
bobjengr   5/16/2013 7:23:07 PM
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Really interesting post Charles.  I remain amazed at the number of graduate engineers who never practice our profession.  They simply go into other fields.   One of the very best attorneys in our town is a graduate engineer but decided law school was his destiny and not engineering.  When asking him why, he replied the rigors of engineering study were the major reason for his success as a lawyer.  In other words, he learned to think and reason.   The individuals in your slide show, I'm sure, excelled due to their engineering background—although possibly not Mr. Bean.  Who knows?

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Charles Murray   5/17/2013 6:27:05 PM
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I agree with you about the rigors of engineering study, bobjengr. It didn't seem to hurt Stefan Humphries, one of our 22 engineers who went on to study medicine.

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Impact of Engineers in Government
Tigertom   5/27/2013 8:09:32 AM
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Great work, Charles, highlighting the social impact of an engineering education.  As you've done so much research into who is, or isn't, an engineer, could you focus on governments.  It fascinates me that most of the Chinese ruling committee are engineers (mostly civil engineers) and, while we might disagree with a lot of their ideology, we have to admire the way they've been able to ditch those aspects of their ideology that got in the way of economic growth, and have consistently produced the fastest growing economy in the world.  Most other countries seem to be run by lawyers, with a good few teachers (in Ireland anyway), doctors, accountants and real estate agents.  It would be really interesting to see the contributions (positive and negative) that engineers make when they are in government.

Another angle that we'd probably rather not publicise is that there is a disproportionate number of engineers among suicide bombers.

 

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I always took Nielsen for....
far911   5/27/2013 4:37:10 PM
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I always took Nielsen for a consumer research-oriented individual. It's interesting to know about his academic history. But the one that really shocked me was Rowan Atkinson, perhaps because of his "Mr. Bean" personification.

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Lots of surprises here
Ann R. Thryft   5/28/2013 4:00:28 PM
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Wow, thanks, Chuck, a great variety, and many surprises along the way.

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article format
cookiejar   6/14/2013 5:41:58 PM
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I'd like to be able to print out the entire article easily.  Can anyone tell me how?

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Here's another...
kf2qd   10/1/2013 6:29:52 PM
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The truly awesome Red Green, (otherwise known as Steve Smith) from the TV Show The Red Green Show is a mechanical engineer. Specialized in Duct Tape Applications.....

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Engineer in chief
warren@fourward.com   2/25/2014 9:31:16 AM
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Obama should be on the list for engineering the downfall of our once great nation. He has engineered a debt so massive our great grandchildren will still be paying on the interest. He engineered the downfall do the best medical system in the planet. He engineered the destruction of countless innocent lives as his expertise in civil engineering designed the downfall of stable governments under the guise of liberation (he's not alone as Clinton, Bush, Bush lead the way). Yes, he should be on the list, as well...

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