William Sylvester Harley (December 29, 1880 – September 18, 1943) was a co-founder of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1880, and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1907.
Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (1858–1913) German inventor & mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. In 1913, Diesel boarded a steamer on his way to a meeting of the Consolidated Diesel Manufacturing company in London. His cabin was found empty during a roll call, & he was never seen alive again. Ten days later, the crew of the Dutch boat Coertsen came upon the corpse of a man floating in the ocean of the North Sea near Norway.
Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
"The Ford typewriter has no connection to the Ford Automobile Company. Eugene Ford, its inventor, was a pioneering engineer who worked with Herman Hollerith in inventing the first mechanical card tabulating machine that was put to use in the 1890′s U.S. census. It reduced the time required to tabulate the collected data dramatically. In 1880 it took eight years to complete this task and in 1890, when the tabulating machine was used, it took only one year!"
The 100 million Bagger 288 (Excavator 288), built by the German company Krupp (now ThyssenKrupp) for the energy and mining firm Rheinbraun, is a bucket-wheel excavator or mobile strip mining machine. When its construction was completed in 1978, Bagger 288 superseded NASA’s Crawler-Transporter, used to carry the Space Shuttle and Apollo Saturn V launch vehicle, as the largest land vehicle in the world.