List of Famous Zoologists People

List of Famous Zoologists

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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. 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.

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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. (81 items)

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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 with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)
    • Birthplace: Essendon, Australia
    • Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist, + more
    • Credits: Happy Feet, Dr. Dolittle 2, The Crocodile Hunter, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, + more
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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 in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist, Zoologist
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    Charles Darwin
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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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    Jack Hanna
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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 David ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, 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
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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: Hynčice, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Scientist, Monk, Botanist
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    Rachel Carson
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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 in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1907-1964)
    • Birthplace: Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Marine biologist, Biologist, Conservationist, Author, Essayist, + more
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    James D. Watson
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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 concerning ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Geneticist, Biologist, Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Professor, + more
    • Credits: The Race for the Double Helix
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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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    Su Song
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    Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, zoologist, botanist, mechanical and architectural engineer, poet, antiquarian, and ambassador of the Song ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1020-1101)
    • Birthplace: Quanzhou, China
    • Profession: Pharmacologist, Poet, Mineralogist, Diplomat, Scientist, + more
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    Terri Irwin
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    Terri Irwin, AM is an American-Australian,naturalist and author, the widow of Australian naturalist Steve Irwin and owner of Australia Zoo at Beerwah, Queensland, Australia. She co-starred with her husband on The Crocodile Hunter, their unconventional television nature documentary series along with its ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Conservationist, Author, Zoologist, Naturalist, Presenter
    • Credits: The Crocodile Hunter, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, Crocodile Hunter Diaries, + more
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    Louis Leakey
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    Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, also known as L. S. B. Leakey, was a Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa, particularly through his discoveries in the Olduvai Gorge. He also played a major role in creating ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1903-1972)
    • Birthplace: Kabete, Kenya
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Georges Cuvier
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    Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier, known as Georges Cuvier, was a French naturalist and zoologist. Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century and was instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1769-1832)
    • Birthplace: Montbéliard, France
    • Profession: Zoologist, Naturalist
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    Emil Racoviță
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    Emil Racoviță was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist, explorer of Antarctica and the first biologist in the world to study the arctic life. Together with Grigore Antipa, he was one of the most noted promoters of natural sciences in Romania. Racoviță was the first Romanian to have gone on a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1868-1947)
    • Birthplace: Iași, Iași metropolitan area, Romania
    • Profession: Biologist, Researcher, Scientist, Zoologist, Writer, + more
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    Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell was an American zoologist, born at Norwood, England, and brother of Sydney Cockerell. He was educated at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, and then studied botany in the field in Colorado in 1887–90. Subsequently he became a taxonomist and published numerous papers on ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1866-1948)
    • Profession: taxonomist, Zoologist, Science writer, Curator
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    Alfred Kinsey
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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 in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1894-1956)
    • Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist, Professor, Researcher, Psychologist, Scientist
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    Roger Searle Payne is an American biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the worldwide campaign to end commercial whaling. Payne was born in New York, New York, and studied at Harvard University and ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Biologist
    • Credits: A Life Among Whales, Whales: An Unforgettable Journey: IMAX
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    Florentino Ameghino
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    Florentino Ameghino was an Argentine naturalist, paleontologist, anthropologist and zoologist, whose fossil discoveries on the Argentine Pampas, especially on Patagonia, rank with those made in the western United States during the late 19th century. Along with his two brothers –Carlos and Juan– ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1854-1911)
    • Birthplace: Luján, Argentina
    • Profession: Paleontologist, Anthropologist, Scientist, Zoologist, Naturalist
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    James Dwight Dana
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    James Dwight Dana was an American geologist, mineralogist, volcanologist, and zoologist. He made pioneering studies of mountain-building, volcanic activity, and the origin and structure of continents and oceans around the world.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1813-1895)
    • Birthplace: Utica, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Mineralogist, Volcanologist, Zoologist, Geologist
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    Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov
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    Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov was a Russian zoologist best known for his pioneering research into the immune system. In particular, he is credited with the discovery of phagocytes in 1882, and his discovery turned out to be the major defence mechanism in innate immunity. He and Paul Ehrlich were awarded the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1845-1916)
    • Birthplace: Kupiansk Raion, Ukraine
    • Profession: Biologist, Zoologist
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    Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
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    Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild Bt FRS, a scion of the Rothschild family, was a British banker, politician, and zoologist.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1868-1937)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician, Zoologist, Banker
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