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

List features people like Rachel Carson, Stephen Hillenburg, and more! Featuring British marine biologists, female marine biologists, and other marine biology scientists, this list has it all! 

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

Jacques-Yves Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1910-1997)

Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Aquitaine, Gironde, + more

Nationality: France

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Oceanographer, + more

Schools: Collège Stanislas de Paris, École Navale

Credits: The Silent World, World Without Sun, The Golden Fish, Epaves, Rhythm on the Reef, + more

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer

Schools: Christ's College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Shrewsbury School, University of Edinburgh Medical School, + more

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#8 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Stephen Hillenburg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is an American marine biologist, animator, director, producer, writer, cartoonist, and voice actor. Although associated with several animated television series, he is best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Lawton, USA, Oklahoma

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Marine biologist, Television producer, Screenwriter, + more

Schools: California Institute of the Arts, Humboldt State University

Credits: SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko's Modern Life, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Kid vs. Kat, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, + more

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Sylvia Earle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Sylvia Earle appeared in the 2012 documentary film Chasing Ice. ...more

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Age: 80

Birthplace: USA, Gibbstown, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Aquanaut, Lecturer, Scientist, Author, Oceanographer, + more

Schools: St. Petersburg College, Duke University, Florida State University

Credits: A Seal's Life, A Sweet Spot in Time

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