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

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From reputable, prominent, and well known researchers to the lesser known researchers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the researcher field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous researchers ever?" and "What are the names of famous researchers?" then you're in the right place. 
Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. He is best known for writing Sexual Behavior ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1894-1956)

Birthplace: Hudson County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Profession: Biologist, Professor, Researcher, Psychologist Scientist

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey. Her 1983 book, Gorillas ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist, Zoologist

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Tim Berners-Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS, also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful communication ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Professor, Researcher, Inventor, Computer scientist Scientist

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National ...more

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Age: 83

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Primatologist, Ethologist

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Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Milton Friedman was an American economist, statistician and writer who taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades. He received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and the complexity of ...more

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Age: Died at 94 (1912-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Researcher, Scientist, Essayist, Economist Writer, + more

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#81 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Charles Richard Drew was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II. This allowed medics to ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1904-1950)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Researcher, Physician, Surgeon

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Robert Jarvik is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. is an American scientist, researcher and entrepreneur known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Michigan, Contiguous United States, United States of America, Midland United States, + more

Profession: Researcher, Inventor, Scientist

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Yukihiro Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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Yukihiro Matsumoto (松本行弘, Matsumoto Yukihiro, a.k.a. Matz, born 14 April 1965) is a Japanese computer scientist and software programmer software programmer best known as the chief designer of the Ruby programming language. He was born in Osaka Prefecture, in westernHonshū. According to an interview ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka Asia, + more

Profession: Programmer, Researcher, Computer scientist, Author

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#26 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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