List of Famous Microbiologists People

List of Famous Microbiologists

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

These people, like Joshua Lederberg and Maurice Hilleman include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known microbiologists to the lesser known microbiologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the microbiologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous microbiologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous microbiologists?" then you're in the right place. (23 items)


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    Julie Theriot

    Julie Theriot
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    Julie A. Theriot is a microbiologist, professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and heads the Theriot Lab. She was a Predoctoral Fellow, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was a fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She graduated from the ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Professor
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    Joshua Lederberg, ForMemRS was an American molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was just 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)
    • Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Molecular Biologist, Scientist
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    Maurice Hilleman
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    Maurice Ralph Hilleman was an American microbiologist who specialized in vaccinology and developed over 40 vaccines, an unparalleled record of productivity. Of the 14 vaccines routinely recommended in current vaccine schedules, he developed eight: those for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1919-2005)
    • Birthplace: Miles City, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    René Dubos
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    René Jules Dubos was a French-born American microbiologist, experimental pathologist, environmentalist, humanist, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book So Human An Animal. He is credited as an author of a maxim, "Think globally, act locally". Dubos devoted most of his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1901-1982)
    • Birthplace: Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Environmentalist, Author, Pathologist, Writer
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    Louise Slaughter
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    Dorothy Louise Slaughter is the United States representative for New York's 25th congressional district, serving since 1987. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 30th District from 1987 to 1993 and the 28th District from 1993 to 2013, is based in Rochester and includes ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Kentucky, Lynch, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Politician
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    Bruce Edwards Ivins
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    Bruce Edwards Ivins was an American microbiologist, vaccinologist, senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the key suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks. On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, he died of an overdose of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1946-2008)
    • Birthplace: Lebanon, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Stanley Falkow, PhD, is microbiologist and a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is sometimes referred to as the father of molecular microbial pathogenesis, which is the study of how infectious microbes and host cells interact to cause disease at the ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Joseph Malik Sriyal Peiris, FRS, Légion d'Honneur was born in Sri Lanka, a distinguished old boy of St. Anthony's College, Kandy and later studied medicine at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. This was followed by the award of a PhD at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Professor
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    Martin J. Blaser is the Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Translational Medicine, Director of the NYU Human Microbiome Program, former Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Professor of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine. In 2013 he was elected to the American Academy of ...more

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    • Profession: Microbiologist, Professor, Physician
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    Steen Riisgaard

    Steen Riisgaard
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    Steen Riisgaard is the former President and CEO of Denmark-based biotech company Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes. He held this position since Novozymes was founded in a demerger from Novo Nordisk in 2000 and left the company in 2013 while Peder Holk Nielsen stepped up as ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Esbjerg, Denmark
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Businessperson
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    Monserrate Román

    Monserrate Román
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    Monserrate Román a.k.a. "Monsi", is a Puerto Rican scientist in NASA who helped NASA build part of the International Space Station. She is the Chief Microbiologist for the Environmental Control and Life Support System project who determines how microbes will behave under different situations and in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Scientist
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    Yuen Kwok-yung

    Yuen Kwok-yung, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Silver Bauhinea Star Awardee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Hong Kong with distinction in Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Professor
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    Félix d'Herelle

    Félix d'Herelle
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    Félix d'Herelle was a French-Canadian microbiologist, the co-discoverer of bacteriophages and experimented with the possibility of phage therapy. D'Herelle has also been credited for his contributions to the larger concept of applied microbiology.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1873-1949)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Allan Campbell

    Allan M. Campbell is an American microbiologist and geneticist whose pioneering work on Lambda phage has helped advance molecular biology in the late 20th century. Dr. Campbell has been a professor of biological sciences at Stanford University since 1968, and he was appointed to the Barbara Kimball ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Nick Perumov

    Nick Perumov
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    Nick Perumov is the pen name of Nikolay Daniilovich Perumov, a Russian fantasy and science fiction writer.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Writer
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    Hugh Pennington

    Thomas Hugh Pennington, CBE, FRCPath, FRCP, FMedSci, FRSE is emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Outside academia, he is best known as the chair of the Pennington Group enquiry into the Scottish Escherichia coli outbreak of 1996 and as Chairman of the Public ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Microbiologist, Professor
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    Hans Knöll

    Hans Knöll was a German physician and microbiologist. He was the director of the Central Institute of Microbiology and Experimental Therapy in Jena from 1953 to 1976, a member of the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic, and professor of bacteriology at the University of Jena. He was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1913-1978)
    • Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Federico Uruburu

    Federico Uruburu
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    Federico Uruburu Fernandez was a Spanish microbiologist. He was involved in early development of microbiology and electron microscopy in Spain, and was instrumental in establishing the Spanish Type Culture Collection.more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Europe, Granada, Andalusia, Southern Europe, Spain, + more
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Jasper Rine

    Jasper Donald Rine is an American scientist, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at the University of California, Berkeley. Rine received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1975 and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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    Helge Karch

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    • Age: age 62
    • Profession: Microbiologist
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