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Famous Female Geologists

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

List people include Susan Kieffer, Ethel Shakespear and many more.

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


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    Katia and Maurice Krafft
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    Katia Krafft and her husband, Maurice Krafft were French volcanologists who died in a pyroclastic flow on Mount Unzen, in Japan, on June 3, 1991. The Kraffts were known for being pioneers in filming, photographing and recording volcanoes, often getting within feet of lava flows. Their obituary appeared ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1942-1991)
    • Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Kathryn D. Sullivan
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    Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut. A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she is the first American woman to walk in space. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator on March 6, ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Geologist
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    Marie Tharp
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    Marie Tharp was an American geologist and oceanographic cartographer who, in partnership with Bruce Heezen, created the first scientific map of the entire ocean floor. Tharp's work revealed the presence of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, causing a paradigm shift in earth science that led to acceptance of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1920-2006)
    • Birthplace: Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Jillian Fiona Banfield is a geomicrobiologist and biogeochemist whose work focuses on the fundamental relationship between microorganisms and their chemical environments. Her most noted work includes publications on how microorganisms alter their chemical and physical environments during simulated ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
    • Profession: Professor, Geologist
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    Alice Evelyn Wilson, M.B.E., F.R.S.C. was a Canadian geologist and paleontologist. She conducted field studies on rocks and fossils in the Ottawa region between 1913 and 1963. She became the first female Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1937. In 1935, she was a Member of the Order of the British ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1881-1964)
    • Birthplace: Cobourg, Canada
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Arthur Louis Day was an American geophysicist and volcanologist. He studied high temperature thermometry, seismology and geothermal energy.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1869-1960)
    • Birthplace: Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Geologist
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    Isabel Bassett Wasson
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    Isabel Bassett Wasson was one of the first female petroleum geologists in the United States, the first female ranger at Yellowstone National Park, and also one of the first interpretive rangers hired by the National Park Service.more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1897-1994)
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Sarah Andrews is an American geologist and author of twelve science-based mystery novels and several short stories. Many of the novels featuring forensic geologist Em Hansen take place in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. In 2005, Sarah was awarded an Artists and Writers grant by the ...more

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    • Profession: Educator, Geologist, Writer
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    Claudia J. Alexander, Ph.D., is a research scientist specializing in geophysics and planetary science. She is African American. She has worked for the United States Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As member of the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Florence Bascom
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    Florence Bascom was the first woman hired by the United States Geological Survey, known for her innovative use of petrography in studying crystalline rocks and identifying their origins.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1862-1945)
    • Birthplace: Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Geologist
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    • Profession: Lobbyist, Geologist
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    Tanya Atwater
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    Tanya Atwater is a retired American geophysicist and marine geologist who specialized in plate tectonics, in particular the evolution of the San Andreas fault plate boundary. Her educational work focused on the creation of computer-animated multimedia products and presentations depicting plate tectonic ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Dorothy Hill, AC, CBE, FAA, FRS was an Australian geologist, the first female professor at an Australian university, and the first female president of the Australian Academy of Science.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1907-1998)
    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Susan Elizabeth Werner Kieffer is an American physical geologist and planetary scientist. Kieffer is known for her work on the fluid dynamics of volcanoes, geysers, and rivers, and for her model of the thermodynamic properties of complex minerals. She has also contributed to the scientific understanding ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Profession: Planetary scientist, Geologist
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    Dame Ethel Mary Reader Shakespear DBE, née Wood, was an English geologist, public servant and philanthropist. She was born in Biddenham, Bedfordshire, the daughter of a clergyman. She was educated at Bedford High School and Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in natural sciences. In 1896 she became ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1871-1946)
    • Birthplace: Biddenham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Irene Crespin was an Australian geologist and palaeontologist. Crespin was born in Kew, Victoria and was educated at Mansfield Agricultural High School and the University of Melbourne where she was under the influence of Frederick Chapman who she became assistant to in 1927. On 1 January 1936 she ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1896-1980)
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Helen Reynolds Belyea, OC FRSC, was a Canadian geologist best known for her research, in Western Canada, of the Devonian System, a geologic period of the Paleozoic era. Belyea was born in St. John, New Brunswick, to a family with French Huguenot origins. Belyea received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1913-1986)
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Mignon Talbot was an American paleontologist who in 1911 recovered the only fossils of the dinosaur, Podokesaurus holyokensis. Born in Iowa City, she was a professor of Geology and Geography at Mount Holyoke College from 1904-1935. During her thirty-one years at Mount Holyoke College, she amassed a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1869-1950)
    • Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Mariya Vasil’yevna Klenova

    Mariya Vasil’yevna Klenova
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    Maria Vasilyevna Klenova was a Russian and Soviet marine geologist and one of the founders of Russian marine science. Klenova studied to become a professor and later on worked as a member of the Council for Antarctic Research of the USSR Academy of Sciences. During that time she spent nearly thirty ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1898-1976)
    • Birthplace: Russia
    • Profession: Geologist
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    Mary Wade

    Mary Julia Wade was an Australian paleontologist, perhaps best known for her work on the Precambrian Ediacaran biota in South Australia. Mary was a graduate of the University of Adelaide, South Australia, where she was employed up until 1971. Wile there she worked with Martin Glaessner on the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1928-2005)
    • Profession: Geologist
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