Great Engineering Heroes – The Public’s Choice

Here at Motion Drives and Controls, devices like our Boschert products are the result of many hours of skilled labour by experienced engineers, and throughout history engineers have produced numerous innovations that have literally redefined the way in which we live.

However, just because it is their inventions that ‘live on’, we shouldn’t forget the individuals who gave us these clever pieces of technology in the first place. Recently, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has conducted a survey to compile the ‘top 10 engineering heroes’ throughout history. The results were assembled using Twitter, and certainly show that the names of many bygone engineers still live on alongside the work that made them famous. Here are some picks from the list:



Alan Turing

Ranked number 6 on the recent poll, we’ve chosen to highlight Alan Turing because a recent news story has arisen debating whether or not a computer has finally passed the famous ‘Turing Test’. Considered to be the father of artificial intelligence, the 65-year-old Turing Test is still considered the benchmark in artificial intelligence, and Turing’s work in code-breaking during the Second World War is a contribution that can’t be over-exaggerated.






Irrefutable proof that the reputation of great engineers can live on for decades, or in this case more than 2000 years, Archimedes is one of the best-known and most celebrated of all ancient engineers. Perhaps more commonly thought of as a mathematician, Archimedes produced designs that are still in use today. The Archimedes screw is one such design, and if a modern engineer could create a design with even a quarter of that longevity, they’d doubtless be well pleased.




Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci


Another beloved figure from the past, Leonardo Da Vinci was an undisputed master of numerous disciplines, but it is perhaps his revolutionary engineering ideas that have really stood the test of time. Da Vinci’s inspiration was centuries ahead of his time, and, given that he drafted designs for flying machines, calculators and solar power, one can scarcely imagine what this Italian genius would have been capable of had he been born with the resources of modern technology at hand.




Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Topping the aforementioned poll, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the mastermind behind the Great Western Railway, and this iconic gentleman also worked wonders for the public transport system as a whole. Even today, more than a century after his death, Brunel’s name is recognised by people who are otherwise fairly ignorant of engineering history, and his aptitude for solving long-standing engineering problems was perhaps second to none.

Of course, the modern day engineering industry is still producing many notable innovations, and here at Motion Drives and Controls we specialise in distributing a variety of essential systems to professionals within this sector. If you’d like to find out more about our products and our services, don’t hesitate to contact us now by calling 01926 411544 or emailing

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