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List of Famous Botanists

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List of famous botanists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top botanists in the world? This includes the most prominent botanists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable botanists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic botanists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned botanists.

Everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to George Washington Carver is included on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known botanists to the lesser known botanists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the botanist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous botanists ever?" and "What are the names of famous botanists?" then you're in the right place. (1163 items)

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    Leonardo da Vinci
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    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more
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    George Washington Carver
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    George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. Carver's reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Chemist, Inventor, Scientist, Botanist
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    Gregor Mendel
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    Gregor Johann Mendel was a German-speaking Moravian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for centuries that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable traits, Mendel's pea plant ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1822-1884)
    • Birthplace: Hynčice, Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe
    • Profession: Scientist, Monk, Botanist
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    Carl Linnaeus
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    Carl Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature. He is known as the father of modern taxonomy, and is also considered one of the fathers of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1707-1778)
    • Birthplace: Råshult, Sweden
    • Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Physician, Botanist
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    Beatrix Potter
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    Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children's books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life. Born into a wealthy Unitarian family, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1866-1943)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, Eurasia, Greater London, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Illustrator, Author, Writer, Botanist
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    John C. Frémont
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    John Charles Frémont was a politician, military officer and explorer.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1813-1890)
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer, Explorer, Botanist
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    Peter Hamilton Raven FMLS is a botanist and environmentalist, notable as the longtime director, now President Emeritus, of the Missouri Botanical Garden.more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Shanghai, China
    • Profession: Conservationist, Botanist
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    Su Song
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    Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, zoologist, botanist, mechanical and architectural engineer, poet, antiquarian, and ambassador of the Song ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1020-1101)
    • Birthplace: Quanzhou, China
    • Profession: Pharmacologist, Poet, Mineralogist, Diplomat, Scientist, + more
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    James Brodie of Brodie
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    James Brodie of Brodie, 21st Thane and Chief of Clan Brodie, FRS FLS was a Scottish politician and botanist. He was educated at Elgin Academy and St. Andrews University. He was returned to parliament in 1796 as MP for Elginshire, serving until 1807. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Nairn. As a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1744-1824)
    • Birthplace: Brodie Castle, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician, Botanist
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    Gunnar Seidenfaden was a Danish diplomat and botanist. He was Danish ambassador in Thailand 1955-1959, and in the U.S.S.R. 1959-1961. He was an expert on Southeast Asia Orchidaceae. He published several multi-volume works on orchids, e.g. The Orchids of Thailand – A Preliminary List and Orchid Genera in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1908-2001)
    • Profession: Diplomat, Botanist
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    Elias Lönnrot
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    Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national folk tales that he gathered during several expeditions in Finland, Russian Karelia, the Kola Peninsula and Baltic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1802-1884)
    • Birthplace: Sammatti, Finland
    • Profession: Philologist, Scientist, Botanist
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    Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter was a British naturalist and author. He was an expert on wildflowers and authored several guides for amateur naturalists. He was born in Streatham, London in 1913 and was educated at Eastbourne College and the London School of Economics, where he became a research ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Streatham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Botanist
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    James Edward Smith
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    Sir James Edward Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1759-1828)
    • Birthplace: Norwich, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Botanist
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    Lars Levi Laestadius
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    Lars Levi Laestadius was a Swedish Sami pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement to help his largely Sami congregations, who were being ravaged by alcoholism. Laestadius was also a noted botanist and an author.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1800-1861)
    • Birthplace: Arjeplog, Sweden
    • Profession: Religious Leader, Clergy, Author, Pastor, Botanist
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    Maria Sibylla Merian
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    Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family, founders of one of Europe's largest publishing houses in the 17th century. Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1647-1717)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
    • Profession: Illustrator, Entomologist, Naturalist, Artist
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    M. C. Cooke

    M. C. Cooke
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    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke was an English botanist and mycologist. Cooke came from a mercantile family in Horning, Norfolk, and worked as an apprentice to a fabric merchant before becoming a clerk in a law firm, but his chief interest was in botany. He founded the Society of Amateur Botanists in 1862. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1825-1914)
    • Birthplace: Horning, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Botanist
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    James Robertson Justice
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    James Robertson Justice was a popular British character actor in British films of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1907-1975)
    • Birthplace: Lee, London
    • Profession: Sailor, Actor
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    George Gordon

    George Gordon was a British botanist. He worked for the London Horticultural Society as Foreman of the Horticultoral Society Gardens at Chiswick, near London. Gordon is particularly noted for his work on conifers, publishing The Pinetum in 1858, followed by a Supplement in 1862 and a fully revised ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1806-1879)
    • Profession: Botanist
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    Frederick Campion Steward

    Frederick "Camp" Campion Steward FRS was a British botanist and plant physiologist.more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1904-1993)
    • Birthplace: Pimlico, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Botanist
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    Paula Pryke

    Paula Shane Pryke OBE is a British florist and author.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Botanist
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