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TRENDING List of Famous Naturalists

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This list of famous naturalists and naturalism authors includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top naturalists in the world? This includes the most prominent naturalists, living and dead, both from America and abroad. You might also enjoy these highly evolved facts about evolution and our list of the best nature TV shows. This list of notable naturalists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic naturalists were born and what their nationality is. The famous naturalist writers on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned naturalists.

Whether you're looking for American naturalists, that British naturalist whose name you can't quite remember, or female naturalists who have left their mark, this list is sure to help. Among the naturalist people, authors, writers, and thinkers on this list are Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin. Many of the following people specializing in naturalistic research have had significant impact on science. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known naturalists to the lesser known naturalists of today, these are some of the best professionals in field of naturalism and nature writing. Who are the most famous naturalists ever? What are the names of famous naturalists? The list below has all the great naturalists, who have influenced the way humans interact with and relate to the natural world around us all.

Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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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

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)

Birthplace: Essendon, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting Naturalist, + more

Credits: The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, Ocean's Deadliest, The Crocodile Hunter

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David Attenborough is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the ...more

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Age: 90

Birthplace: England, London

Nationality: England

Profession: Environmentalist, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Naturalist, + more

Credits: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, State of the Planet, Planet Earth, Survival Island

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Steve Backshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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Stephen James "Steve" Backshall is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV's Deadly 60. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar, and he has worked ...more

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Television producer, Actor, Naturalist, Writer Presenter

Credits: Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, Deadly 60, Lost Land of the Volcano Lost Land of the Tiger, + more

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Alexander von Humboldt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of ...more

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Age: Died at 90 (1769-1859)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Prussia, Germany

Profession: Scientist, Naturalist, Mountaineer, Explorer

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#82 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson FMLS is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world's leading expert. Wilson is known for his scientific career, his role as "the father of ...more

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Age: 87

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Biologist, Professor, Researcher, Conservationist Scientist, + more

Credits: Behold the Earth

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David M. Carroll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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David M. Carroll is an American naturalist, author and illustrator. He has investigated for the endangered species programs of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park Service. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire and is among the greatest wiffleball ...more

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Age: 75

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Illustrator, Author, Naturalist

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John James Audubon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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John James Audubon, born Jean-Jacques Audubon, was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1785-1851)

Birthplace: Les Cayes, Haiti

Nationality: France, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Ornithologist, Naturalist

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