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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?"
Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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 ...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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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: 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 ...more

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Profession: Editor, Biologist, Educator, Researcher

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Elizabeth Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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: 68

Birthplace: Hobart, Australia

Profession: Biochemist, Biologist, Molecular Biologist, Professor Researcher, + more

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Joan Roughgarden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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: 71

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Biologist, Science writer

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Helen Blau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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 ...more

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Age: 68

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Biologist, Professor

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Elizabeth Lambert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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 ...more

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Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

Profession: Biologist, Writer

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Lynn Margulis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Biologists
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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 ...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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