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

This list features famous map makers like Johannes Werner and Arthur H. Robinson.

From reputable, prominent, and well known cartographers to the lesser known cartographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cartographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cartographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous cartographers?" then you're in the right place.
Ptolemy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Claudius Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in the city of Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt, wrote in Greek, and held Roman citizenship. Beyond that, few reliable details of his life are known. His birthplace has been given as Ptolemais Hermiou in the Thebaid in an uncorroborated statement by the 14th century astronomer Theodore Meliteniotes. This is a very late attestation, however, and there is no other reason to suppose that he ever lived anywhere else than Alexandria, where he died around AD 168. Ptolemy was the author of several scientific ...more

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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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 widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and ...more

Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)

Birthplace: Vinci, Italy

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Amerigo Vespucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to Afro-Eurasians. Colloquially referred to as the New World, this second super continent came to be termed "America", deriving its name from Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci's first name. ...more

Age: Died at 58 (1454-1512)

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

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Su Song is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cartographers
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Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, zoologist, botanist, mechanical and architectural engineer, poet, antiquarian, and ambassador of the Song Dynasty. Su Song was the engineer of a hydro-mechanical astronomical clock tower in medieval Kaifeng, which employed the use of an early escapement mechanism. The escapement mechanism of Su's clock tower had been invented by Buddhist monk Yi Xing and government official Liang Lingzan in 725 AD to operate a water-powered armillary sphere, although Su's armillary sphere was the first to be provided with a ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1020-1101)

Birthplace: Quanzhou, China

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