List of Famous Oceanographers People

List of Famous Oceanographers

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

This list includes K. Megan McArthur, G. Michael Purdy and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known oceanographers to the lesser known oceanographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the oceanographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous oceanographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous oceanographers?" then you're in the right place. (13 items)


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    K. Megan McArthur
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    Katherine Megan McArthur is an American oceanographer and a NASA astronaut. She has served as a CAPCOM for both the space shuttle and space station. Megan McArthur has flown one space shuttle mission, STS-125. She is known as the last person to be hands on with the Hubble Space Telescope. McArthur has ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Oceanographer
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    Sylvia Earle
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    Sylvia Earle appeared in the 2012 documentary film Chasing Ice.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Gibbstown, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Aquanaut, Lecturer, Scientist, Author, Oceanographer, + more
    • Credits: A Seal's Life, A Sweet Spot in Time
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    Matthew England is a physical oceanographer and climate scientist. England completed a B.Sc. and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2005 he became a Professor at the University of New South Wales, and was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship that ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Oceanographer
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    Stepan Osipovich Makarov was a Russian vice-admiral, a highly accomplished and decorated commander of the Imperial Russian Navy, an oceanographer, awarded by the Russian Academy of Sciences, and author of several books. Makarov also designed a small number of ships. The town of Shiritoru on Sakhalin ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1849-1904)
    • Birthplace: Mykolaiv, Ukraine
    • Profession: Military Officer, Author, Oceanographer
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    • Profession: Professor, Oceanographer
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    Ian Irvine is an Australian fantasy and eco-thriller author and marine scientist. To date Irvine has written 27 novels, including fantasy, eco-thrillers and books for children. He has had books published in at least 12 countries and continues to write full-time.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Bathurst, Australia
    • Profession: Novelist, Oceanographer, Writer
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    Henry Melson Stommel

    Henry Melson Stommel was a major contributor to the field of physical oceanography. Beginning in the 1940s, he advanced theories about global ocean circulation patterns and the behavior of the Gulf Stream that form the basis of physical oceanography today. Widely recognized as one of the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
    • Profession: Oceanographer
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    Graham Michael "Mike" Purdy is a British geophysicist and oceanographer who specializes in marine seismology. He is the current Executive Vice President for Research at Columbia University. Previously, he was the Director of Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.more

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    • Profession: Geophysicist, Oceanographer
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    Paul Scully-Power

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    Paul Scully-Power
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    Paul Desmond Scully-Power AM is an Australian born, American oceanographer. While a civilian employee of the United States Naval Undersea Warfare Center, he flew aboard NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-41-G as a Payload Specialist. He was the first Australian-born person to journey into space, and the ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Oceanographer
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    Edith Widder

    Edith Anne "Edie" Widder Smith is an American oceanographer, marine biologist, and the Co-founder, CEO and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Profession: Oceanographer
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    Nicholas P. Fofonoff

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1929-2003)
    • Profession: Oceanographer
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    M. Dorothy "Dot" Rogers

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1909-2002)
    • Profession: Oceanographer
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    Betty Bunce

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1915-2003)
    • Profession: Oceanographer
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