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List of famous zoologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top zoologists in the world? This includes the most prominent zoologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Some of them are celebrity animal rights activists, while others an inspiration to dog-lovers everywhere. This list of notable zoologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic zoologists 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 zoologists.

This list of famous people of zoology features Australian nature expert Steve Irwin, Alfred Kinsey, Charles Darwin, and more. You also can't forget famous female zoologists, like Jane Goodall, Terri Irwin, and Dian Fossey.  

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

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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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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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist, Zoologist

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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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

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Primatologist, Ethologist

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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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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Jack Hanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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John Bushnell "Jack" Hanna is an American zookeeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was Director of the zoo from 1978 to 1993, and is viewed as largely responsible for elevating its quality and reputation. His media appearances, particularly with Johnny Carson and ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Presenter, Zookeeper

Credits: Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna's Into the Wild

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Gregor Mendel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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Gregor Johann Mendel was a German-speaking Moravian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for centuries that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable traits, Mendel's pea plant ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1822-1884)

Birthplace: HynĨice, Czech Republic

Nationality: Austria-Hungary

Profession: Scientist, Monk, Botanist

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Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1907-1964)

Birthplace: Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Marine biologist, Biologist, Conservationist, Author Essayist, + more

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James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries ...more

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Age: 89

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Geneticist, Biologist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist Professor, + more

Credits: The Race for the Double Helix

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