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List of notable or famous botanists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top botanists born in the United States and even some popular botanists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American botanists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These botanists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known botanist from the United States is included when available.

Examples of people on this list include George Washington Carver and Luther Burbank.

This historic botanists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American botanists of note?" and "Who are the most famous botanists from the United States?" These prominent botanists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American botanists.

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George Washington Carver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
George Washington Carver George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. Carver's ...more

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John C. Frémont is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
John C. Frémont Died at 77 (1813-1890) John Charles Frémont was a politician, military officer and explorer.

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Peter H. Raven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Peter H. Raven age 81 Peter Hamilton Raven FMLS is a botanist and environmentalist, notable as the longtime director, now President Emeritus, of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Edgar Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Edgar Anderson Died at 72 (1897-1969) Edgar Shannon Anderson was an American botanist. His 1949 book Introgressive Hybridization was an original and important contribution to botanical genetics. Anderson was born in Forestville, New ...more

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Joseph Young Bergen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Joseph Young Bergen Died at 66 (1851-1917) Joseph Young Bergen was an American botanist.

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John Torrey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
John Torrey Died at 77 (1796-1873) John Torrey was a botanist and mountaineer.

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Liberty Hyde Bailey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Liberty Hyde Bailey Died at 96 (1858-1954) Liberty Hyde Bailey was an American horticulturist, botanist and cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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William Saunders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
William Saunders Died at 78 (1822-1900) William Saunders was a botanist, nurseryman, landscape gardener, landscape designer, and horticulturist. As the nation’s chief experimental horticulturalist, he was responsible for the ...more

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Edwin James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Edwin James Died at 64 (1797-1861) Edwin P. James was a 19th-century American botanist, geographer and geologist who explored the American West. James completed the first recorded ascent of Pikes Peak. Born in Weybridge, Vermont, ...more

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Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Wade Davis age 64 Wade Davis is a Canadian anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer whose work has focused on worldwide indigenous cultures, especially in North and South America and particularly ...more

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Julius Nieuwland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Julius Nieuwland Died at 58 (1878-1936) Reverend Julius Aloysius Nieuwland, CSC, Ph.D., was a Belgian-born Holy Cross priest and professor of chemistry and botany at the University of Notre Dame. He is known for his contributions to ...more

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Luther Burbank is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Luther Burbank Died at 77 (1849-1926) Luther Burbank was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied ...more

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Charles Christopher Parry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Charles Christopher Parry Died at 67 (1823-1890) Charles Christopher Parry was a British-American botanist and mountaineer. Parry was born in Gloucestershire, England, but moved to the United States with his parents in 1832, settling first in ...more

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Mark Plotkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Mark Plotkin age 62 Mark J. Plotkin is an ethnobotanist and a plant explorer in the Neotropics, where he is an expert on rainforest ecosystems. Plotkin is an advocate for tropical rainforest conservation.

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Albert Ernest Radford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Albert Ernest Radford Died at 88 (1918-2006) Albert Ernest Radford was an American botanist active in the Southeastern United States. He was best known for his work as senior author of Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, the ...more

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William Bartram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
William Bartram Died at 84 (1739-1823) William Bartram was an American naturalist. The son of Ann and the naturalist John Bartram, William Bartram and his twin sister Elizabeth were born in Kingsessing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As ...more

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Charles Sprague Sargent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Charles Sprague Sargent Died at 86 (1841-1927) Charles Sprague Sargent was an American botanist. He was appointed in 1872 as the first director of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts, and held the post until his ...more

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Arthur Cronquist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Arthur Cronquist Died at 73 (1919-1992) Arthur John Cronquist was a United States biologist, botanist and a specialist on Compositae. He is considered one of the most influential botanists of the 20th century, largely due to his ...more

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William Murrill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
William Murrill Died at 88 (1869-1957) William Alphonso Murrill was an American mycologist, known for his contributions to the knowledge of the Agaricales and Polyporaceae.

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Benjamin Smith Barton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Benjamin Smith Barton Died at 49 (1766-1815) Benjamin Smith Barton was an American botanist, naturalist, and physician.

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Benjamin Minge Duggar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Benjamin Minge Duggar Died at 84 (1872-1956) Benjamin Minge Duggar was an American plant physiologist. He was born at Gallion, Hale County, Alabama.

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Judith D. Zuk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Judith D. Zuk Died at 56 (1951-2007) Judith Daria Zuk was an American horticulturist, author and conservationist who served as president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1990 to 2005.

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William Chambers Coker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
William Chambers Coker Died at 81 (1872-1953) William Chambers Coker was an American botanist.

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Frederick Vernon Coville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Frederick Vernon Coville Died at 70 (1867-1937) Frederick Vernon Coville was an American botanist who worked in the United States Department of Agriculture, where he became Chief Botanist, and was the first director of the United States ...more

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Hugh Iltis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Hugh Iltis age 93 Hugh Hellmut Iltis is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his discoveries in the domestication of corn. Raised in Czechoslovakia, Iltis left ...more

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Nathaniel Lord Britton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Nathaniel Lord Britton Died at 75 (1859-1934) Nathaniel Lord Britton was an American botanist and taxonomist who co-founded the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York.

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Albert Francis Blakeslee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Albert Francis Blakeslee Died at 80 (1874-1954) Albert Francis Blakeslee was an American botanist. He is best known for his research on the poisonous jimsonweed plant and the sexuality of fungi. He was the brother of the Far East scholar ...more

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Joseph Rock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Joseph Rock Died at 78 (1884-1962) Joseph Francis Charles Rock was an Austrian-American explorer, geographer, linguist and botanist.

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David Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
David Fairchild Died at 85 (1869-1954) David Grandison Fairchild was an American botanist and plant explorer. Fairchild was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into ...more

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Donald C. Peattie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Donald C. Peattie Died at 66 (1898-1964) Donald Culross Peattie was an American botanist, naturalist and author. He was described by Joseph Wood Krutch as "perhaps the most widely read of all contemporary American nature ...more

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Caroline Dormon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Caroline Dormon Died at 83 (1888-1971) Caroline Coroneos Dormon, also known as Carrie Dormon, was a botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, conservationist, and author from ...more

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Henry Chandler Cowles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Henry Chandler Cowles Died at 70 (1869-1939) Henry Chandler Cowles was an American botanist and ecological pioneer. A professor at the University of Chicago, he studied ecological succession in the Indiana Dunes of Northwest Indiana. This ...more

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Chauncey Beadle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Chauncey Beadle Died at 84 (1866-1950) Chauncey Delos Beadle was a Canadian-born botanist and horticulturist active in the southern United States. He was educated in horticulture at Ontario Agricultural College and Cornell ...more

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George Lincoln Goodale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
George Lincoln Goodale Died at 84 (1839-1923) George Lincoln Goodale was an American botanist.

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Asa Gray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Asa Gray Died at 78 (1810-1888) Asa Gray is considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century. His Darwiniana was also considered an important explanation of how religion and science were not necessarily ...more

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Eugene Rabinowitch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Eugene Rabinowitch Died at 72 (1901-1973) Eugene Rabinowitch was a Russian-born American biophysicist who is best known for his work in relation to nuclear weapons, especially as a co-author of the Franck Report and a co-founder in 1945 ...more

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Charles Frederick Millspaugh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Charles Frederick Millspaugh Died at 69 (1854-1923) Charles Frederick Millspaugh was an American botanist, born at Ithaca, N.Y., and educated at Cornell and the New York Homeopathic Medical College. For several years he practiced medicine and ...more

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Benjamin Alvord is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Benjamin Alvord Died at 71 (1813-1884) Benjamin Alvord was an American soldier, mathematician, and botanist.

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Leslie Holdridge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Leslie Holdridge Died at 92 (1907-1999) Professor Leslie Ransselaer Holdridge was an American botanist and climatologist. He was the son of Samuel Eneas Holdridge and Phebe J. Holmes. And he is the father of composer Lee Holdridge.

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Charles Christian Plitt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Charles Christian Plitt Died at 64 (1869-1933) Charles Christian Plitt was a botanist and lichenologist. Species of lichens that have been named in Charles Plitt's honor are: Pyrenula plittii R.C.Harris, Xanthoparmelia plittii Hale, and ...more

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Randall James Bayer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Randall James Bayer age 62 Randall James Bayer is an American systematic botanist, published mostly as "R.J. Bayer", who was born in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. He spent childhood and attended public school in ...more

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Francis Ernest Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Francis Ernest Lloyd Died at 79 (1868-1947) Francis Ernest Lloyd, M.A. was an American botanist, born in Manchester, England, and educated at Princeton University, in New Jersey, and in Europe at Munich and Bonn, in Germany. He was ...more

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Horatio C Wood, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Horatio C Wood, Jr. Died at 79 (1841-1920) Horatio C Wood, Jr. was an American physician and biologist.

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Charles Joseph Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Charles Joseph Chamberlain Died at 80 (1863-1943) Charles Joseph Chamberlain, Ph.D. was an American botanist, born near Sullivan, Ohio, and educated at Oberlin College and at the University of Chicago, where he earned the first Ph.D. in that ...more

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George Vasey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
George Vasey Died at 71 (1822-1893) George S. Vasey was an English-born American botanist who collected a lot in Illinois before integrating the United States Department of Agriculture, where he became Chief Botanist and curator ...more

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Katherine Esau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Katherine Esau Died at 99 (1898-1997) Katherine Esau was a German-American botanist who received the National Medal of Science for her work on plant anatomy.

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Edward Tuckerman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Edward Tuckerman Died at 69 (1817-1886) Edward Tuckerman was an American botanist and professor who made significant contributions to the study of lichens and other alpine plants. He was a founding member of the Natural History ...more

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William James Beal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
William James Beal Died at 91 (1833-1924) William James Beal was an American botanist. He was a pioneer in the development of hybrid corn and the founder of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden.

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Douglas Houghton Campbell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
Douglas Houghton Campbell Died at 94 (1859-1953) Douglas Houghton Campbell was an American botanist and university professor. He was one of the 15 founding professors at Stanford University. His death was described as "the end of an era ...more

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John Ernest Weaver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Botanists from the United States
John Ernest Weaver Died at 82 (1884-1966) John Ernest Weaver was an American botanist, prairie ecologist, and university professor. Weaver was born in Villisca, Iowa. He attained a PhD at the University of Minnesota, 1916. He was ...more