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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.

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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?"
Katia and Maurice Krafft is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Geologists
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 49 (1942-1991)

Birthplace: Mulhouse, France

Profession: Geologist

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Kathryn D. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Geologists
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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 ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Astronaut, Geologist

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Marie Tharp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Geologists
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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 ...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: 58

Birthplace: Armidale, Australia

Profession: Professor, Geologist

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