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Famous Female Botanists

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

List is made up of many different people, including Elizabeth Coleman White and Hanna Resvoll-Holmsen.

While this isn't a list of all female botanists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female botanists?" and "Who are the best female botanists?"
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    Beatrix Potter (, US , 28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Born into an upper-middle-class household, Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora, and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. Though Potter was typical of women of her generation in having limited opportunities for higher education, her study and watercolours of fungi led to her being widely respected...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1866-1943)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
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    Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family. Merian was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg Flegel. Merian published her first book of natural illustrations in 1675. She had started to collect insects as an adolescent and at age thirteen she raised silk worms. In 1679 Merian published the first volume of a two-volume series on caterpillars, the second volume followed in 1683. Each volume contained 50 plates engraved and etched...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1647-1717)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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    Paula Pryke

    Paula Shane Pryke OBE is a British florist and author....  more
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
  • Judith Daria Zuk (September 11, 1951 – September 1, 2007) was an American horticulturist, author and conservationist who served as president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden from 1990 to 2005....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1951-2007)