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Famous Female Biologists

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List of famous female biologists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female biologists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being biologists. There are thousand of females working as biologists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic biologists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a biologist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Sandra Steingraber and Lynn Margulis.

While this isn't a list of all female biologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female biologists?" and "Who are the best female biologists?"


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    Rachel Carson
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    Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1907-1964)
    • Birthplace: Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Marine biologist, Biologist, Conservationist, Author, Essayist, + more
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    Dr. Kiki Sanford
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    Kirsten "Kiki" Sanford is an American science communicator. After working at the University of California, Davis as a research scientist in neurophysiology, she left research work to pursue a career in science communication. Her work has included multiple audio and video programs, including the This ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Radio producer, Biologist, Journalist, Physiologist, Television producer, + more
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    Christine Lee is an English medical researcher. She is Emeritus Professor of Haemophilia in the University of London, and founding Editor of Haemophilia. She trained in medicine at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded First Class Honours and was the first female scholar of the University of ...more

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    • Profession: Editor, Biologist, Educator, Researcher
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    Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN is an Australian-American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
    • Profession: Biochemist, Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Professor, Researcher, + more
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    Joan Roughgarden is an American ecologist and evolutionary biologist. She is well known for her theistic evolutionism and critical studies on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Science writer
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    Helen Blau
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    Helen M. Blau is the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Professor, director of the Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology in the department of microbiology and immunology, and a member of the new Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the Stanford University School of Medicine. Helen ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biologist, Professor
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    Penelope Williamson is an American writer of romance novels as her real name and as the pen names Elizabeth Lambert and Penn Williamson. Penelope Williamson lives with her husband in Idaho. According to ?WorldCat, her most widely held book, The Outsider, is in 1,868 libraries; Heart of the West is in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Writer
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    Lynn Margulis was an American biologist best known for her scientific theory on the origin of complex cells, called symbiogenesis. She obtained a bachelor degree from the University of Chicago at age 19, and married Carl Sagan, then a physics student. She graduated with master's degree in genetics and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1938-2011)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Professor, Scientist
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    Elinor Teresa Newman is a former child actress who performed under the name of Nell Potts. She is an environmentalist, biologist, and a prominent supporter of sustainable agriculture, who became an entrepreneur when she founded an organic food and pet food production company, Newman's Own Organics. Born ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Biologist, Entrepreneur, Actor, Philanthropist
    • Credits: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Rachel, Rachel
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    Suzanne Cory, AC, FAA, FRS is a distinguished Australian molecular biologist. Cory is the immediate past President of the Australian Academy of Science. She was the first-elected female President of the Academy and took office on 7 May 2010 for a four-year term. She was the Director of the Walter and ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Biologist, Professor, Scientist, Physician
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    Sandra Steingraber is an American biologist, author, and cancer survivor in the tradition of Rachel Carson. Steingraber writes and lectures on the environmental factors that contribute to reproductive health problems and environmental links to cancer.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Author, Science writer, Writer
    • Credits: Living Downstream
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    Ellen Kovner Silbergeld is a leading expert in the field of environmental health. After graduating from Vassar College summa cum laude in 1967, she earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 1972. She is a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Environmental Health Scientist, Biologist, Professor
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    Alexandra Bryant Morton is a biologist who settled in Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation in British Columbia, Canada to study wild orca in 1984. Morton made her home in Echo Bay - a community without roads, electricity or stores. In 1987 salmon farms moved into the region. At first Morton thought ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Lakeville, Salisbury, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Researcher
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    Naomi E. Pierce is the Hessel Professor of Biology at Harvard University and a world authority on butterflies. Pierce is the university's Curator of Lepidoptery, a position once held by Vladimir Nabokov. Pierce studies the relationship between butterfly larvae and ants, as well as the genetic trends ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Profession: Biologist, Professor
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    Cheryl Hayashi is a biologist at University of California, Riverside who specializes in the genetic structure of spider silk.more

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    • Profession: Biologist, Professor, Materials Scientist
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    Clara Bracken McMillen contributed to the Kinsey Reports on human sexuality. She was married to Alfred Charles Kinsey. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, McMillen majored in chemistry at Indiana University, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and other honors. She also attended graduate school which ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1898-1982)
    • Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist
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    Alice S. Huang

    Alice S. Huang is an American biologist specialized in microbiology and virology. She is Senior Faculty Associate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology, and served as President of AAAS during the 2010-2011 term.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Nanchang, China
    • Profession: Biologist
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    Meagan McKinney

    Ruth Goodman is an American writer of 20 romance novels, writing as Meagan McKinney.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Writer
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    Marianne von Harnack

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    • Age: age 90
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Biologist
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    Sara Steelman

    Sara G. Steelman of Indiana, Pennsylvania, American biologist and politician, served seven terms as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1991 until 2002. Steelman is married to John Henry Steelman, a mathematics professor at Indiana University. She is a 1963 graduate of ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Politician
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