Around 900 engineering undergraduates in the UK recently selected their own list of engineering heroes. According to PC World, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and James Dyson ranked in the first two spots with Steve Jobs coming in third.
Brunel’s work on bridges, dockyards and railways made him the top choice among engineering students, with Dyson’s vacuum cleaners – as well as support for engineering projects – put him in second.
Jobs takes credit for Apple products such as the Apple II and iPod.
Nikola Tesla came in fourth, ahead of Bill Gates. Frank Whittle, inventor of the first jet engine was next, with Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce and Thomas Edison completed the top 10 list.
Mark Elborne, President and CEO of GE UK said: “Our research shows that iconic figures – both historic and modern – continue to inspire a new generation of engineers. We continue to see the impact of these icons all around us today; and our research shows that we have a proud tradition of pioneers and innovators in this country, which should be celebrated.
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