Famous Male Naturalists

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

List features people like Steve Backshall, Georges Cuvier and more!

While this isn't a list of all male naturalists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male naturalists?" and "Who are the best male naturalists?"
Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Naturalists
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Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Naturalists
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Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007), an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri; the couple also hosted the series Croc Files (1999–2001), The Crocodile Hunter Diaries (2002–2006), and New Breed Vets (2005). They also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died at 44, after being pierced in the heart ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

Birthplace: Essendon, Australia

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David Attenborough is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Naturalists
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Sir David Frederick Attenborough (; born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth. He is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K.Attenborough is widely considered a national treasure in Britain, although he himself ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 92

Birthplace: England, London

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Steve Backshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Naturalists
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Stephen James Backshall (born 21 April 1973) is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV's Deadly 60. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar. He has worked for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel. He has published three novels for children and several non-fiction works. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 45

Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom