Life Lessons From 4 Greatest Engineers In History

Engineers, in simple words, are people who create solutions to problems. Therefore, through out the history of this field, engineers had came from the most humble backgrounds that you might never believe. Casually coming up with solutions to solve everyday and everybody’s problems, they have left us with some “old-but-gold” mottos since forever!

What are the lessons that can be learned from these legendary engineering figures?


Despite the fact he didn’t receive credit for a lot of his inventions, Tesla’s influence on society has been huge. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system yet also worked on projects such as the radio and x-ray machines.

What can we learn? No matter what life throws at you, never give up. Nikola Tesla was once bedridden for nine months with cholera, dropped out of school, and never received a degree.



Leonardo da Vinci was a quintessential Renaissance man who was an expert in anatomy, painting, music, flight, and engineering. Because of technological limitations, da Vinci conceptualized many inventions including the modern-day helicopter and concentrated solar power.

What can we learn? Be curious. Engineers must now be proficient in a number of different areas, just like da Vinci was during his time.



From the block and tackle pulley to a parabolic mirror death-ray, Archimedes is known for many inventions and discoveries, all of which helped support his home city of Syracuse. He was also a gifted mathematician, astronomer, and physicist.

What can we learn? Give yourself a break every now and again. Archimedes was once so engrossed in his own work that he dismissed a soldier sent to capture him. The soldier murdered Archimedes with his sword on the spot.


Considered by many to be one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history, Isambard Kingdom Brunel changed the face of transport and civil engineering in Greater Britain. Along with numerous bridges and tunnels, Brunel also built the Great Western Railway and the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship.


What can we learn? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Brunel had a relentless can-do attitude and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.

Besides having excellent qualifications of an engineer, these world-renowned figures also have very “life” lessons to give us the proof that natural-born talents will not 100% decide your success. So, give your best effort in everything you do to achieve success!

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(Source of information: Design Science)