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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 people like César-François Cassini de Thury and Muhammad al-Idrisi.

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. (35 items)

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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, few ...more

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    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Philosopher, Astronomer
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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: Europe, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more
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    Amerigo Vespucci
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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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    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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    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
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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

    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 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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    César-François Cassini de Thury
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    César-François Cassini de Thury, also called Cassini III or Cassini de Thury, was a French astronomer and cartographer.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1714-1784)
    • Birthplace: Thury-sous-Clermont, France
    • Profession: Cartographer, Astronomer
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    Muhammad al-Idrisi
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    Abu Abd Allah Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani al-Sabti or simply Al Idrisi was a Muslim geographer, cartographer, Egyptologist and traveller who lived in Sicily, at the court of King Roger II. Muhammed al-Idrisi was born in Ceuta, then belonging to the Moroccan Almoravids, and died in Sicily. Al ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1099-1161)
    • Birthplace: Ceuta, North Africa, Spain, Maghreb, Africa
    • Profession: Scientist, Geographer, Writer, Cartographer
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    Marinus of Tyre was a Greek or Hellenized geographer, cartographer and mathematician, who founded mathematical geography and provided the underpinnings of Claudius Ptolemy's influential Geography.more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (70-130)
    • Birthplace: Tyre, Tyre District, Lebanon
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Writer, Cartographer
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    Willem Blaeu
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    Willem Janszoon Blaeu, also abbreviated to Willem Jansz. Blaeu, was a Dutch cartographer, atlas maker and publisher.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1571-1638)
    • Birthplace: Holland, Netherlands
    • Profession: Publisher, Cartographer
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    Ahmad ibn Mājid

    Ahmad ibn Mājid, was an Arab navigator and cartographer born in 1421 in Julphar, which is now known as Ras Al Khaimah. This city makes up one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, but at that time it was classified as the coast of Oman. He was raised with a family famous for seafaring; at ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
    • Profession: Navigator, Sailor, Cartographer, Astronomer
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    Joyce Kozloff

    Joyce Kozloff
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    Joyce Kozloff is an American artist whose politically engaged work has been based on cartography since the early 1990s. Kozloff was one of the original members of the Pattern and Decoration movement and was an early artist in the 1970s feminist art movements. She has been active in the women's and peace ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Cartographer
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    George Bradshaw

    George Bradshaw
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    George Bradshaw was an English cartographer, printer and publisher. He developed Bradshaw's Guide, a widely sold series of combined railway timetables.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1801-1853)
    • Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Writer, Cartographer
    • Credits: The Bad and the Beautiful, How to Steal a Million
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    Humphrey Llwyd
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    Humphrey Llwyd was a Welsh cartographer, author, antiquary and Member of Parliament. He was a leading member of the Renaissance period in Wales along with other such men as Thomas Salisbury and William Morgan. His library, together with those of his patron, the Earl of Arundel and his brother-in-law, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1527-1568)
    • Birthplace: Denbigh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Cartographer
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    Arnaldo Faustini was an Italian polar geographer, writer, and cartographer. He is considered by some to be the first Italian polar specialist. Born in Rome, he received his doctorate at the University of Rome at the age of 21. Faustini worked at a newspaper based in Rome as scientific editor. He had a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1872-1944)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Geographer, Writer, Cartographer
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    John Bartholomew

    John Bartholomew
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    John Bartholomew Junior was a Scottish cartographer.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1831-1893)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Engraver, Cartographer
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    J. B. Malone

    John James Bernard Malone was an Irish hill-walking enthusiast who popularised the pastime through his television programmes and books. He was responsible for the establishment of the Wicklow Way as a recognised walking trail, having first proposed it in 1966.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1913-1989)
    • Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Soldier, Cartographer, Mountaineer
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    Michael Kidron

    Michael Kidron was a revolutionary thinker and cartographer. He was part of the leadership of the International Socialists through the 1960s and 1970s. He is perhaps best remembered for his visually arresting The State Of The World Atlas.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1930-2003)
    • Birthplace: South Africa
    • Profession: Economist, Cartographer
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