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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 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 appeared ...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 6, ...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 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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Geologists
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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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