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Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
4/23/2013

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Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock directed Psycho, The Birds, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Vertigo, and many other major movies, but started his working life as an engineer. He studied engineering at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation and worked as a draftsman before launching a career in movies in the 1920s.   (Source: Wikipedia)
Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock directed Psycho, The Birds, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Vertigo, and many other major movies, but started his working life as an engineer. He studied engineering at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation and worked as a draftsman before launching a career in movies in the 1920s.
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far911
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far911   4/23/2013 9:44:05 AM
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Of all these people, the ones who got into the filmmaking business are really inspirational. Those, and the sports folks. Primarily because their careers are far fetched from their education history.

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Charles Murray   4/23/2013 10:36:28 AM
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I agree. I also find it interesting that in Frank Capra's best-known film, It's a Wonderful Life, the main character, George Bailey, dreamed of being a civil engineer.

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John Sununu
Charles Murray   4/23/2013 11:12:06 AM
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My favorite line from any interview I've done over the past 29 years is John Sununu's: "No level of glibness can get you through a thermodynamics exam."

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=223833

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Debera Harward   4/23/2013 11:20:53 AM
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I have come across many engineers having the passion of music and singing, I just simply cant relate between this combination.

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Rob Spiegel   4/23/2013 11:26:32 AM
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Nice slide show,. Chuck. Yes, that's right about George Bailey. He wanted to travel the world, then come home and build things. The most surprising one on the list for me is Hitchcock.

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Charles Murray   4/23/2013 11:34:43 AM
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Hitchcock surprised me, too, Rob. I thought I had heard of most of the famous engineers over the years, but Hitchcock's name had never come up previously, at least for me.

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Interesting read...I was almost wondering
jacksos1   4/23/2013 12:14:09 PM
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if the title should be changed to 18 MEN who we didn't know were engineers until I saw the last image.  I guess we don't have as many female engineers doing other high exposure stuff besides engineering (which is cool on it's own!) :)

Susan (Chemical Engineer working in Corporate Communications)

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Re: Interesting read...I was almost wondering
Charles Murray   4/23/2013 1:31:39 PM
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I'm not sure why the male/female ratio came out the way it did, jacksos1. There could be a lot of contributing factors, but we certainly didn't try to limit the search to men only. I think the story of Hedy Lamarr might be revealing, however. Today, a great technical mind like hers would likely be encouraged to consider engineering instead of acting. The fact that we drew several of our candidates from that era might have had an effect on the ratio. Whatever the reasons, though, the fact that she didn't have an engineering education makes her achievement all the more amazing. 

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Debera Harward   4/23/2013 2:29:54 PM
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Surprisingly Yaser Arfat was a civil engineer from university of Cairo

Neil Armstrong has also done BS in aeronautical engineering and MS in aerospace engineering

Roger Corman a film maker has done industrial engineering from Stanfford university

 

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apresher   4/23/2013 3:21:25 PM
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Chuck,  Very interesting grouping. Next, we'll need to request the list of 18 famous electrical engineers. Thanks.

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