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Famous Female Biologists

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List of famous female biologists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female biologists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being biologists. There are thousand of females working as biologists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic biologists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a biologist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Sandra Steingraber and Lynn Margulis.

While this isn't a list of all female biologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female biologists?" and "Who are the best female biologists?"
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    Joan Roughgarden (born on 13 March 1946) is an American ecologist and evolutionary biologist. She is well known for her theistic evolutionism and critical studies on Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection....  more
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey
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    Helen M. Blau is the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Professor, director of the Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology in the department of microbiology and immunology, and a member of the new Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the Stanford University School of Medicine. Helen Blau researches cell and developmental biology. She has had a longstanding interest in stem cell biology and cell specialization, and is especially well known for her research demonstrating plasticity of the differentiated state. Her research expertise is in nuclear reprogramming and stem cell biology, and she is renowned for her work on muscle stem cells and tissue regeneration in normal and...  more
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
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    Penelope Williamson (b. Fairbanks, Alaska, United States) is an American writer of romance novels as her real name and as the pen names Elizabeth Lambert and Penn Williamson. Penelope Williamson lives with her husband in Idaho. According to WorldCat, her most widely held book, The Outsider, is in 1,868 libraries; Heart of the West is in 1,827. Her books have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Hungarian, Japanese, Swedish, and Russian....  more
    • Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Lynn Margulis (born Lynn Petra Alexander; March 5, 1938 – November 22, 2011) was an American evolutionary theorist and biologist, science author, educator, and popularizer, and was the primary modern proponent for the significance of symbiosis in evolution. Historian Jan Sapp has said that "Lynn Margulis's name is as synonymous with symbiosis as Charles Darwin's is with evolution." In particular, Margulis transformed and fundamentally framed current understanding of the evolution of cells with nuclei – an event Ernst Mayr called "perhaps the most important and dramatic event in the history of life" – by proposing it to have been the result of symbiotic mergers of bacteria. Margulis was also...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1938-2011)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois