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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)

Birthplace: Europe, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more

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

Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri

George Washington Carver (1860s – January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. He actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil ...more

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

Birthplace: Hynčice, Czech Republic

Gregor Johann Mendel (Czech: Řehoř Jan Mendel; 20 July 1822 – 6 January 1884) (English: ) was a scientist, Augustinian friar and abbot of St. Thomas' Abbey in Brno, Margraviate of Moravia. ...more

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Carl Linnaeus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 71 (1707-1778)

Birthplace: Råshult, Sweden

Carl Linnaeus (; 23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːɭ fɔn lɪˈneː] (listen)), was a Swedish botanist, ...more

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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 77 (1866-1943)

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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 ...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)

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America

John Charles Frémont or Fremont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American explorer, politician, and soldier who, in 1856, became the first candidate of the Republican Party for ...more
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Peter H. Raven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Age: 82

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

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)

Birthplace: Quanzhou, China

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)

Birthplace: Brodie Castle, United Kingdom

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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)

Birthplace: Sammatti, Finland

Elias Lönnrot (Finnish: [ˈe.li.ɑs ˈløn.ruːt] (listen); 9 April 1802 – 19 March 1884) was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best ...more
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Richard Sidney Richmond ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 92 (1913-2005)

Birthplace: Streatham, London, United Kingdom

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)

Birthplace: Norwich, United Kingdom

Sir James Edward Smith (2 December 1759 – 17 March 1828) 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)

Birthplace: Arjeplog, Sweden

Lars Levi Laestadius (10 January 1800 – 21 February 1861) was a Swedish pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival ...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)

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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 ...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)

Birthplace: Horning, United Kingdom

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
Age: Died at 68 (1907-1975)

Birthplace: Lee, London

James Robertson Justice (born James Norval Harald Justice; 15 June 1907 – 2 July 1975) was a British character actor who appeared in British films during 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 Stewar... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Frederick Campion Steward Dec. at 89 (1904-1993)

Birthplace: Pimlico, London, United Kingdom

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

Birthplace: United Kingdom

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

Birthplace: New York

Robert Dick (January 1811 – 24 December 1866), Scottish geologist and botanist was born at Tullibody, in Clackmannanshire. His father was an officer of excise. At the age of thirteen, after ...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 (November 9, 1897 – June 18, 1969) was an American botanist. His 1949 book Introgressive Hybridization was an original and important contribution to botanical genetics.
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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)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom, Scone, Scotland, + more

David or Dave Douglas may refer to:
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Shen Kuo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Botanists
Dec. at 64 (1031-1095)

Birthplace: Hangzhou, China

Shen Kuo (Chinese: 沈括; 1031–1095) or Shen Gua, courtesy name Cunzhong (存中) and pseudonym Mengqi (now usually given as Mengxi) Weng (夢溪翁), was a Chinese polymathic scientist and statesman of the ...more