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Famous Male Naturalists

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

List features people like Steve Backshall, Georges Cuvier and more!

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


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    Charles Darwin
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    Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1809-1882)
    • Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer
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    Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)
    • Birthplace: Essendon, Australia
    • Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist, + more
    • Credits: Happy Feet, Dr. Dolittle 2, The Crocodile Hunter, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, + more
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    Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet.more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Isleworth, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Naturalist, + more
    • Credits: Planet Earth, Life on Earth, The Blue Planet, A Zed & Two Noughts, Natural World, + more
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    Steve Backshall
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    Stephen James "Steve" Backshall is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV's Deadly 60. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar, and he has worked for ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Naturalist, Writer, Presenter
    • Credits: Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, Deadly 60, Lost Land of the Volcano, Lost Land of the Tiger, + more
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    Alexander von Humboldt
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    Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1769-1859)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Scientist, Naturalist, Mountaineer, Explorer
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    David M. Carroll
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    David M. Carroll is an American naturalist, author and illustrator. He has investigated for the endangered species programs of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire and is among the greatest wiffleball ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Profession: Illustrator, Author, Naturalist
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    Georges Cuvier
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    Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier, known as Georges Cuvier, was a French naturalist and zoologist. Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century and was instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1769-1832)
    • Birthplace: Montbéliard, France
    • Profession: Zoologist, Naturalist
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    Edward J. Laurent
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    Ed Laurent is a Spatial Ecologist who develops and delivers collaborative, science-based recommendations and tools that enable the implementation and evaluation of conservation activities. His specialties and expertise include geographic information systems, analysis of remotely sensed imagery, database ...more

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    • Profession: Database manager, Editor, Earth remote sensing, Scientist, Animal trainer, + more
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    Alfred Russel Wallace
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    Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin's writings in 1858. This ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1823-1913)
    • Birthplace: Llanbadoc, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Evolutionary Biologist, Biologist, Anthropologist, Scientist, Geographer, + more
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    DeWitt Clinton
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    DeWitt Clinton was an early American politician and naturalist who served as a United States Senator and was the sixth governor of New York. In this last capacity, he was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal. Clinton was the leader of New York's People’s Party and was a major rival ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1769-1828)
    • Birthplace: Little Britain, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Naturalist
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    Minakata Kumagusu
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    Minakata Kumagusu was a Japanese author and naturalist.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1867-1941)
    • Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan
    • Profession: Naturalist, Writer
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    Florentino Ameghino
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    Florentino Ameghino was an Argentine naturalist, paleontologist, anthropologist and zoologist, whose fossil discoveries on the Argentine Pampas, especially on Patagonia, rank with those made in the western United States during the late 19th century. Along with his two brothers –Carlos and Juan– ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1854-1911)
    • Birthplace: Luján, Argentina
    • Profession: Paleontologist, Anthropologist, Scientist, Zoologist, Naturalist
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    Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
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    Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopedic author. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his Histoire Naturelle ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1707-1788)
    • Birthplace: Montbard, France
    • Profession: Mathematician, Biologist, Naturalist, Science writer, Astronomer
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    Chris Packham
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    Christopher Gary "Chris" Packham is an English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author, best known for his television work including the children's nature series The Really Wild Show in the late 1980s. He has presented the BBC nature series Springwatch since 2009.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Southampton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Cinematographer, Nature Photographer, Naturalist, Writer, Presenter
    • Credits: Springwatch, Springwatch with Bill Oddie, Autumnwatch, The Really Wild Show, The Truth About Wildlife
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    Edwin Way Teale
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    Edwin Way Teale was an American naturalist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Teale's works serve as primary source material documenting environmental conditions across North America from 1930 - 1980. He is perhaps best known for his series The American Seasons, four books documenting over ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1899-1980)
    • Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Naturalist, Writer, Photographer
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    Francis Harper
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    Francis Harper was an American naturalist. His research included studies of the Okefenokee Swamp and fieldwork in the north eastern United States and in northern Canada, and he also studied the 18th-century American naturalists John and William Bartram. Harper authored new combinations for two species ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1886-1972)
    • Birthplace: Southbridge
    • Profession: Professor, Zoologist, Naturalist
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    Albrecht von Haller
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    Albrecht von Haller was a Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet. A pupil of Herman Boerhaave, he is often referred to as "the father of modern physiology."more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1708-1777)
    • Birthplace: Switzerland, Bern-Mittelland, Bern, European Free Trade Association, Canton of Bern
    • Profession: Physiologist, Anatomist, Naturalist
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    Archibald Menzies
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    Archibald Menzies was a Scottish surgeon, botanist and naturalist.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1754-1842)
    • Birthplace: Weem, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Surgeon, Naturalist, Botanist
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    Henry Walter Bates
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    Henry Walter Bates FRS FLS, FGS was an English naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals. He was most famous for his expedition to the rainforests of the Amazon with Alfred Russel Wallace, starting in 1848. Wallace returned in 1852, but lost his collection on ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1825-1892)
    • Birthplace: Leicester, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Naturalist, Explorer
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    Norman Clyde
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    Norman Clyde was a mountaineer, mountain guide, freelance writer, nature photographer, and self trained naturalist. He is well known for achieving over 130 first ascents, many in California's Sierra Nevada and Montana's Glacier National Park. He also set a speed climbing record on California's Mount ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1885-1972)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Freelance Writer, Nature Photographer, Naturalist, Mountaineer, Mountain guide
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