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List of Famous Geographers

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List of famous geographers, with photos, bios, and other information. Who are the top geographers in the world? This includes the most prominent geographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable geographers is ordered by their level of prominence,, and you can sort the info by column. This list below has everything from John Scott Keltie to Sidney William Wooldridge. From reputable, prominent, and well known geographers to the lesser known geographers of today, these are the top ten best professionals in this field. If you want to answer the question, "Who are the most famous geographers ever?" start your search here. You can use this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. (105 items) 


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    Ptolemy
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    Claudius Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in the city of Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt, wrote in Greek, and held Roman citizenship. Beyond that, few ...more

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    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī
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    Abū ‘Abdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, formerly Latinized as Algoritmi or Algaurizin, was a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer during the Abbasid Caliphate, a scholar in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. In the twelfth century, Latin translations of his work on the Indian numerals ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (780-850)
    • Birthplace: Khwarezm
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Hipparchus
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    Hipparchus of Nicaea, was a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician. He is considered the founder of trigonometry but is most famous for his incidental discovery of precession of the equinoxes. Hipparchus was born in Nicaea, Bithynia, and probably died on the island of Rhodes. He is known to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (189 BC-119 BC)
    • Birthplace: İznik, Turkey
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Peter Kropotkin
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    Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and prominent anarchist. Kropotkin advocated a communist society free from central government and based on voluntary associations between workers. He wrote ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1842-1921)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Scientist, Author, Zoologist, Geographer, Writer, + more
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    Francisco Pascasio Moreno was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential figures in the Argentine incorporation of large parts of Patagonia.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1852-1919)
    • Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Profession: Paleontologist, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Educator, Historian, + more
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    Barry Chapman Bishop was an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein, he was a member of the first American team to summit Mount Everest, on May 22, 1963. He worked for the National Geographic Society for most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1932-1994)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Climatologist, Scholar, Physiologist, Diplomat, Climber, + more
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    Mikhail Lomonosov
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    Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of Venus. His spheres of science were natural science, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, history, art, philology, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1711-1765)
    • Birthplace: Arkhangelsk, Russia
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Geographer, Writer, Astronomer
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    Ibn Battuta
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    Ibn Baṭūṭah, or simply Ibn Battuta, was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1304-1377)
    • Birthplace: Tangier, Morocco
    • Profession: Poet, Judge, Historian, Ulama, Geographer, + more
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    Alfred Russel Wallace
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    Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin's writings in 1858. This ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1823-1913)
    • Birthplace: Llanbadoc, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Evolutionary Biologist, Biologist, Anthropologist, Scientist, Geographer, + more
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    J. Paul Goode

    John Paul Goode, a geographer and cartographer, was one of the key geographers in American Geography’s Incipient Period from 1900 to 1940. Goode was born in Stewartville, Minnesota on November 21, 1862. Goode received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota 1889 and his doctorate in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1862-1932)
    • Birthplace: Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Geographer, Cartographer
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    Sven Hedin
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    Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he discovered the Transhimalaya and the sources of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej Rivers, Lake Lop Nur, and the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1865-1952)
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Profession: Politician, Geographer, Writer, Explorer
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    Edwin James
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    Edwin P. James was a 19th-century American botanist, geographer and geologist who explored the American West. James completed the first recorded ascent of Pikes Peak. Born in Weybridge, Vermont, to Daniel and Mary James, he prepared for college at Addison County Grammar School before entering Middlebury ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1797-1861)
    • Birthplace: Weybridge, Vermont, United States of America
    • Profession: Geographer, Geologist, Botanist
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    Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, KCMG was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist. He was appointed Government Botanist for the then colony of Victoria by Governor Charles La Trobe in 1853, and later director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. He also ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1825-1896)
    • Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
    • Profession: Physician, Geographer, Mountaineer, Botanist
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    Heinrich Harrer
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    Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He is best known for being on the four-man climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland, and for his books Seven Years in Tibet and The White Spider.more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1912-2006)
    • Birthplace: Hüttenberg, Austria
    • Profession: Author, Athlete, Geographer, Mountaineer
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    William Morris Davis
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    William Morris Davis was an American geographer, geologist, geomorphologist, and meteorologist, often called the "father of American geography". He was born into a Quaker family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Edward M. Davis and Maria Mott Davis. He graduated from Harvard University in 1869 and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1850-1934)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Meteorologist, Geographer, Geologist, Writer
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    Lolo Soetoro
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    Lolo Soetoro, also known as Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo or Mangundikardjo, was the Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1935-1987)
    • Birthplace: Bandung, Indonesia
    • Profession: Geographer, Geologist
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    David Harvey
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    David W. Harvey FBA is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 1961. Harvey authored many books and essays that have been prominent in the development of ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Gillingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Professor, Geographer
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    Charles Rabot was a French geographer, glaciologist, traveler, journalist, lecturer, translator, and explorer. He was also the first person to climb Kebnekaise, the tallest mountain in Sweden, which he accomplished in 1883. He led his first expedition to Spitsbergen in 1882 on the ship Petit Paris. Ten ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1856-1944)
    • Birthplace: Nevers, France
    • Profession: Glaciologist, Journalist, Lecturer, Geographer, Translator, + more
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    David Russell Harris FBA was a British geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic, well known for his detailed work on the origins of agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals. He was a director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and retained a ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Geographer, Archaeologist
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    Eratosthenes
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    Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He invented the discipline of geography, including the terminology used today. He is best known for being the first ...more

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    • Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Astronomer
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