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List of Famous Geologists

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

List ranges from John Muir to Charles Darwin and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known geologists to the lesser known geologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the geologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous geologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous geologists?" then you're in the right place. (1068 items)
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    Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more
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    Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor and former U.S. senator from New Mexico. In December 1972, as one of the crew on board Apollo 17, Schmitt became the first member of NASA's first scientist-astronaut group to fly in space. As Apollo 17 ...more

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    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Santa Rita, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Scientist, Geologist
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    Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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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 that ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1809-1882)
    • Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer
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    George Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    George Gibbs was an American ethnologist, naturalist and geologist who contributed to the study of the languages of indigenous peoples in Washington Territory. Known for his expertise on Native American customs and languages, Gibbs participated in numerous treaty negotiations between the U.S. government ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1815-1873)
    • Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Geologist, Ethnologist
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    John Bidwell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician, prohibitionist and philanthropist. He is famous for leading one of the first emigrant parties, known as the Bartleson–Bidwell Party, along the California Trail, and for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1819-1900)
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Scientist, Geologist, Writer
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    William Smith

    William Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    William 'Strata' Smith was an English geologist, credited with creating the first nationwide geological map. He is known as the "Father of English Geology" for collating the geological history of England and Wales into a single record, although recognition was very slow in coming. At the time his map ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1769-1839)
    • Birthplace: Churchill, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Geologist, Engineer
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    John Muir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1838-1914)
    • Birthplace: Dunbar, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Inventor, Scientist, Geologist, Writer, + more
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    James F. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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    James Francis Reilly, II, Ph.D. is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut who has flown on three space shuttle missions: STS-89, STS-104 and STS-117. He was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. more

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Geologist
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