List of Famous Geneticists People

List of Famous Geneticists

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

This list is made up of people like George Church and Barbara McClintock.

From reputable, prominent, and well known geneticists to the lesser known geneticists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the geneticist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous geneticists ever?" and "What are the names of famous geneticists?" then you're in the right place. (61 items)


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    James D. Watson
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    James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Biologist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Professor, + more
    • Credits: The Race for the Double Helix
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    George M. Church
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    George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored research on 3D-software and RNA structure with Sung-Hou Kim. His Ph.D. from Harvard in biochemistry and ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Chemist, Professor, Researcher
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    David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC OBC is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor in the genetics department at the University of British Columbia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001.more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Profession: Geneticist, Television Show Host, Environmentalist, Professor, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Hottest Show on Earth, Science Magazine, Sanity Clause, The Nature of Things, Just Ask, + more
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    Mario Capecchi
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    Mario Ramberg Capecchi is an Italian-born American molecular geneticist and a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering a method to create mice in which a specific gene is turned off, known as knockout mice. He shared the prize with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies. He ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Verona, Italy
    • Profession: Geneticist, Researcher, Scientist, Molecular Geneticist
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    Barbara McClintock
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    Barbara McClintock, was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927. There she started her career as the leader in the development of maize cytogenetics, the focus of her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1902-1992)
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Scientist
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    Francis Collins
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    Francis Sellers Collins is an American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Before being appointed director of the NIH, Collins led the Human Genome ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Scientist, Author, Physician
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    Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India's "Green Revolution," a program under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. Swaminathan is known as "Indian Father ...more

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    • Age: age 90
    • Birthplace: Kumbakonam, India
    • Profession: Geneticist, Researcher, Scientist, Author
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    John Craig Venter is an American biochemist, geneticist, and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic genome. Venter founded Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research and the J. Craig Venter Institute, ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Biologist, Entrepreneur, Sailor, Researcher, + more
    • Credits: The Future is Now!
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    Francisco José Ayala Pereda is a Spanish-American evolutionary biologist and philosopher at the University of California, Irvine. He is a former Dominican priest, ordained in 1960, but left the priesthood that same year. After graduating from the University of Salamanca, he moved to the US in 1961 to ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, + more
    • Profession: Priest, Geneticist, Biologist, Professor
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    Eric Steven Lander is a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former member of the Whitehead Institute, and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard who has devoted his career to realizing the promise of the human genome for medicine. He is co-chair of ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Mathematician, Professor, Scientist, Economist
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    George Davis Snell was an American mouse geneticist and basic transplant immunologist.more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1903-1996)
    • Birthplace: Bradford, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Immunologist
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    John Maynard Smith FRS was a British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he took a second degree in genetics under the well-known biologist J. B. S. Haldane. Maynard Smith was instrumental in the application of game theory ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1920-2004)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Geneticist, Mathematician, Scientist, Science writer
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    Ruth Sager
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    Ruth Sager was an American geneticist. Sager enjoyed two scientific careers. Her first was in the 1950s and 1960s when she pioneered the field of cytoplasmic genetics by discovering transmission of genetic traits through Chloroplast DNA, the first known example of genetics not involving the cell ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1918-1997)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist
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    Theodosius Dobzhansky
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    Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky ForMemRS was a prominent Ukrainian-born American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the unifying modern evolutionary synthesis. Dobzhansky was born in Ukraine, then part of the Russian ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1900-1975)
    • Birthplace: Ukraine, Vinnytsia Oblast, Eurasia, Nemyriv, Nemyrivs’kyi Raion
    • Profession: Geneticist, Evolutionary Biologist, Author
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    Dean Hamer
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    Dean Hamer is a geneticist, author, filmmaker, film director and producer.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Film Producer, Filmmaker, Author, Film Director
    • Credits: Out in the Silence, We Belong, That's Unfortunate, Thorn In Your Side, The Preacher and the Poet, + more
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    John Stephen Jones FRS is a Welsh geneticist and from 1995 to 1999 and 2008 to June 2010 was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His studies are conducted in the Galton Laboratory. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Geneticist, Professor, Scientist, Presenter
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    Stanley Norman Cohen
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    Stanley Norman Cohen is an American geneticist. Cohen is a graduate of Rutgers University, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1960. Following subsequent training at various institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, he joined the ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Middlesex County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Geneticist, Scientist, Physician
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    Mark Wilkinson
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    Dr. Wilkinson earned his Bachelors degree in genetics from the University of Alberta in 1990, with an emphasis on developmental genetics. In 1996 he received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Botany studying the role of the UFO gene in floral pattern formation in Arabidopsis. He ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Profession: Geneticist, Bioinformatician, Botanist
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    Spencer Wells
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    Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Scholar-in-Residence at Georgetown University, and the owner of Antone's, an iconic nightclub in Austin, Texas. He leads The Genographic Project.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Anthropologist
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    Professor Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used worldwide in forensic science to assist police detective work and to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. He is a professor of genetics at the ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Geneticist, Professor, Scientist
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