# Famous Mechanical Engineers

**Archimedes**

Generally considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time, he discovereed how to calculate the area of a circle, the surface area and volume of a sphere, and the area under a parabola.

His most well-known invention was the Archimedes' screw, which was a device with a revolving screw-shaped blade inside a cylinder. It was turned by hand, and could also be used to transfer water from a low-lying body of water into irrigation canals.

**Nikola Tesla**

He was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

In 1887, Tesla developed was an induction motor that ran on alternating current, a power system format that was starting to be built in Europe and the US because its advantages in long distance high voltage transmission.

### Bill Nye the Science Guy

William Sanford "Bill" Nye is a science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist and former mechanical engineer, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator.