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List of famous botanists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top botanists in the world? This includes the most prominent botanists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable botanists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic botanists 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 botanists.

Everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to George Washington Carver is included on this list of botany scientists. Many of the following botanists made great contributions to botany and the science world.

From reputable, prominent, and well known botanists to the lesser known botanists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the botanist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous botanists ever?" and "What are the names of famous botanists?" then you're in the right place. 

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 67 (1452-1519) Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

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George Washington Carver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Botanists
George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. Carver's reputation is ...more

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Gregor Mendel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 62 (1822-1884) 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 ...more

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Carl Linnaeus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 71 (1707-1778) Carl Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of ...more

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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 77 (1866-1943) Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children's books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of ...more

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John C. Frémont is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. 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) 7 on the list List of Famous Botanists
age 82 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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Su Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 81 (1020-1101) Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, ...more

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James Brodie of Brodie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 80 (1744-1824) James Brodie of Brodie, 21st Thane and Chief of Clan Brodie, FRS FLS was a Scottish politician and botanist. He was educated at Elgin Academy and St. Andrews University. He was returned to ...more

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Gunnar Seidenfaden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 93 (1908-2001) Gunnar Seidenfaden was a Danish diplomat and botanist. He was Danish ambassador in Thailand 1955-1959, and in the U.S.S.R. 1959-1961. He was an expert on Southeast Asia Orchidaceae. He published ...more

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Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 82 (1802-1884) Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national ...more

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Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 92 (1913-2005) Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter was a British naturalist and author. He was an expert on wildflowers and authored several guides for amateur naturalists. He was born in Streatham, London in 1913 ...more

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James Edward Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 69 (1759-1828) Sir James Edward Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society.

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Lars Levi Laestadius is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 61 (1800-1861) Lars Levi Laestadius was a Swedish Sami pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement to help his largely Sami ...more

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Maria Sibylla Merian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 70 (1647-1717) Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family, founders of one of Europe's largest publishing ...more

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M. C. Cooke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Botanists
M. C. Cooke Dec. at 89 (1825-1914) Mordecai Cubitt Cooke was an English botanist and mycologist. Cooke came from a mercantile family in Horning, Norfolk, and worked as an apprentice to a fabric merchant before becoming a clerk in ...more

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James Robertson Justice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 68 (1907-1975) James Robertson Justice was a popular British character actor in British films of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

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George Gordon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Botanists
George Gordon Dec. at 73 (1806-1879) George Gordon was a British botanist. He worked for the London Horticultural Society as Foreman of the Horticultoral Society Gardens at Chiswick, near London. Gordon is particularly noted for ...more

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Frederick Campion Steward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Frederick Campion Steward Dec. at 89 (1904-1993) Frederick "Camp" Campion Steward FRS was a British botanist and plant physiologist.

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Paula Pryke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Paula Pryke age 58 Paula Shane Pryke OBE is a British florist and author.

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Robert Dick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Botanists
age 69 Robert Dick is an American flutist and composer specializing in new music and extended techniques. He was a member of the experimental woodwind trio New Winds with Ned Rothenberg and J. D. ...more

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Edgar Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. 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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Alan F. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 73 (1922-1995) Alan F. Mitchell was a British forester, dendrologist and botanist, and author of several books on trees. He almost single-handedly measured every notable tree in the British Isles, founding the ...more

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David Douglas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 35 (1799-1834) David Douglas was a Scottish botanist. He was born to John Douglas, a stonemason, and Jean Drummond. He worked as a gardener, and explored the Scottish Highlands, North America, and Hawaii, ...more

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Shen Kuo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 64 (1031-1095) Shen Kuo or Shen Gua, courtesy name Cunzhong and pseudonym Mengqi Weng, was a Han Chinese polymathic genius, medical doctor, scientist and statesman of the Song dynasty. Excelling in many fields ...more