Person List of Famous Cartographers

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List of famous cartographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top cartographers in the world? This includes the most prominent cartographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable cartographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic cartographers 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 cartographers.

This list features famous map makers like Johannes Werner and Arthur H. Robinson.

From reputable, prominent, and well known cartographers to the lesser known cartographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cartographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cartographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous cartographers?" then you're in the right place.
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Ptolemy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Claudius Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in the city of Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt, wrote in Greek, and held Roman citizenship. Beyond that, ...more

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Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Philosopher Astronomer

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#127 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#20 on 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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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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#117 on The Best Writers of All Time

#5 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#2 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#1 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Amerigo Vespucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1454-1512)

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Profession: Navigator, Merchant

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#207 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Su Song is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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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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J. Paul Goode is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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J. Paul Goode


John Paul Goode, a geographer and cartographer, was one of the key geographers in American Geography’s Incipient Period from 1900 to 1940. Goode was born in Stewartville, Minnesota on November 21, 1862. Goode received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota 1889 and his doctorate in ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1862-1932)

Birthplace: Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Geographer, Cartographer

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Gerardus Mercator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Gerardus Mercator was a cartographer, philosopher and mathematician. He is best known for his work in cartography, in particular the world map of 1569 based on a new projection which represented sailing courses of constant bearing as straight lines. He was the first to use the term "atlas" for a ...more

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Age: Died at 82 (1512-1594)

Birthplace: Rupelmonde, Belgium

Profession: Scientist, Cartographer

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David Woodward is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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David Woodward


David Woodward was an English-born American historian of cartography and cartographer. ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1942-2004)

Birthplace: Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Profession: Historian, Cartographer

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Michael van Langren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Michael Florent van Langren was a Dutch astronomer and cartographer. His Latinized name is Langrenus. ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1598-1675)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Profession: Scientist, Cartographer, Astronomer

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