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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

    James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
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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

    George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
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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: 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

    Mario Capecchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
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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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
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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: 65
    • Birthplace: Staunton-Waynesboro, VA Micropolitan Statistical Area, Staunton city, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more
    • 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: 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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