Cool Guys With A Degree In Electrical Engineering

I just want to share with you guys this list of amazing people that know the value of electrical engineering. Famous and respected in their own fields, they all hold a degree in electrical engineering. It’s amazing to know that these guys stuck to education and took up a degree that really molded their future. As a matter of fact, they all became icons in their chosen field. Here are the cool guys.

Steve Wozniak

There are two brilliant Steves behind Apple, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak also known as “Woz”. His greatest contribution to the microcomputer revolution are the Apple I and Apple II computers.

Influenced by his father who was also an engineer, Steve Wozniak showed interest in electronics at an early age. Like Bill Joy, he earned his degree in electrical engineering/computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alfred Hitchcock

Known as “The Master Of Suspense”, his most famous film, “Psycho”, is the reason why we don’t close our eyes when we shower. His early techniques in film making have become the footprint for many to follow.

Born in London, England on August 13, 1899. He took up electrical engineering at St. Ignatius College in London. His first job was a draftsman and an advertising designer in Henley’s, a cable company. He started in the film industry as a title-card designer at the Famous Players-Lasky Company. After a few years, he became an assistant director.

Alfred Hitchcock is most famous for his technical expertise. Roger Corman, a director and producer has this to say about him.

“Hitchcock did establish a film-making style that has influenced everybody since.”

Alfred Hitchcock, a great film-maker with an electrical engineering degree up his sleeve, was knighted in 1980.

Rowan Atkinson

Who doesn’t know Mr. Bean? Everybody is familiar, if not too familiar, with this particularly quirky guy that lives alone with his teddy bear. Bizarre, funny, and some times irritating; Mr. Bean never fails to entertain us.

But in real life, Rowan Atkinson has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University. He then went on to earn an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Queen’s College. Oxford. Now, that’s definitely not quirky.

Recognized for his acting and charity undertakings, this funny guy was awarded
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Edwin Howard Armstrong

Well, if it weren’t for Edwin Howard Armstrong we wouldn’t have the FM radio transmission. This brilliant electrical engineer and inventor graduated from Columbia University.

His contribution to modern electronics technology is tremendous. He revolutionized electronic communications with his discoveries such as the Superheterodyne receiver, FM broadcasting, and the Regenerative circuit; to mention a few.

Bill Joy

Bill Joy is a computer scientist who co-founded Sun Microsystems, a computer system and software company. Now known as Oracle America, this software maker corporation ranks second to Microsoft.

Just like Rowan Atkinson, Bill Joy earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in the same field from the University of California, Berkeley.

So the next time you update Java in your computer, think of this guy that took up electrical engineering.

There we have it, five brilliant minds from various industries. Given their expertise and stature in their chosen fields, they all boast of a degree in electrical engineering. That’s definitely cool!


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One Response to Cool Guys With A Degree In Electrical Engineering

  1. raoul says:

    This is a very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it. I would have never known Alfred Hitchcock and Rowan Atkinson were electrical engineers. If you think about it, it’s probably the reason why they became successful in their chosen careers. Their analytic thinking as electrical engineers paved way to where they wanted to be.

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