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

This list is made up of famous genetic scientists like George Church and Barbara McClintock.

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

James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
James D. Watson James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and ...more

George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
George M. Church George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored ...more

David Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
David Suzuki David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC OBC is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor ...more

Mario Capecchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Mario Capecchi Mario Ramberg Capecchi is an Italian-born American molecular geneticist and a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering a method to create mice in which a ...more

Barbara McClintock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Barbara McClintock Barbara McClintock, was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in ...more

Francis Collins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Francis Collins Francis Sellers Collins is an American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes ...more

M. S. Swaminathan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
M. S. Swaminathan Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India's "Green Revolution," a program under which high-yield ...more

Craig Venter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Craig Venter John Craig Venter is an American biochemist, geneticist, and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic ...more

Francisco J. Ayala is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Francisco J. Ayala Francisco José Ayala Pereda is a Spanish-American evolutionary biologist and philosopher at the University of California, Irvine. He is a former Dominican priest, ordained in 1960, but ...more

Eric Lander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Eric Lander Eric Steven Lander is a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former member of the Whitehead Institute, and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and ...more

George Davis Snell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
George Davis Snell George Davis Snell was an American mouse geneticist and basic transplant immunologist.

John Maynard Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
John Maynard Smith John Maynard Smith FRS was a British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he took a second degree in genetics under ...more

Ruth Sager is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Ruth Sager Ruth Sager was an American geneticist. Sager enjoyed two scientific careers. Her first was in the 1950s and 1960s when she pioneered the field of cytoplasmic genetics by discovering transmission ...more

Theodosius Dobzhansky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Theodosius Dobzhansky Theodosius Grygorovych Dobzhansky ForMemRS was a prominent Ukrainian-born American geneticist and evolutionary biologist, and a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work ...more

Dean Hamer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Dean Hamer Dean Hamer is a geneticist, author, filmmaker, film director and producer.

Steve Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Steve Jones John Stephen Jones FRS is a Welsh geneticist and from 1995 to 1999 and 2008 to June 2010 was Head of the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His ...more

Stanley Norman Cohen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Stanley Norman Cohen Stanley Norman Cohen is an American geneticist. Cohen is a graduate of Rutgers University, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1960. ...more

Mark Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Mark Wilkinson Dr. Wilkinson earned his Bachelors degree in genetics from the University of Alberta in 1990, with an emphasis on developmental genetics. In 1996 he received his Ph.D. from the University of ...more

Spencer Wells is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Spencer Wells Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Scholar-in-Residence at Georgetown University, and the owner of Antone's, an ...more

Alec Jeffreys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Alec Jeffreys Professor Sir Alec John Jeffreys, FRS is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used worldwide in forensic science to assist police ...more

Bruce Lahn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Bruce Lahn Bruce Lahn is the William B. Graham professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. He is also the founder of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering at Sun Yat-sen ...more

Matthew Meselson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Matthew Meselson Matthew Stanley Meselson is a Harvard geneticist and molecular biologist who has investigated how DNA replicates, recombines, and is repaired in cells and how cells recognize and destroy foreign ...more

Leena Peltonen-Palotie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Leena Peltonen-Palotie Leena Peltonen-Palotie was a Finnish geneticist who contributed to the identification of 15 genes for Finnish heritage diseases, including arterial hypertension, schizophrenia, lactose ...more

Hugo de Vries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Hugo de Vries Hugo Marie de Vries ForMemRS was a Dutch botanist and one of the first geneticists. He is known chiefly for suggesting the concept of genes, rediscovering the laws of heredity in the 1890s while ...more

Mira Aroyo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Mira Aroyo Mira Aroyo is a Bulgarian musician, known as the secondary vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron, as well as a DJ. She writes and sings her songs ...more

Richard Lewontin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Richard Lewontin Richard Charles "Dick" Lewontin is an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, academic and social commentator. A leader in developing the mathematical basis of population genetics ...more

Anne McLaren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Anne McLaren Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren, DBE, FRS, FRCOG was a leading figure in developmental biology. Her work helped lead to human in vitro fertilisation. She received many honours for her ...more

John Brookfield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
John Brookfield Professor John Brookfield, born in 1955, is a British population geneticist. He is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Nottingham, in the School of Biology.

Denise Sheer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Denise Sheer Denise Sheer was appointed Professor of Human Genetics at The Institute of Cell and Molecular Science at Queen Mary, University of London in November 2006. After completing a B.Sc degree at the ...more

William Bateson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
William Bateson William Bateson was an English geneticist and a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He was the first person to use the term genetics to describe the study of heredity and biological ...more

Robert C. Elston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Robert C. Elston Dr. Robert C. Elston is a distinguished statistical geneticist and professor at Case Western Reserve University. He was born in London, England. He is one of the eponyms of the Elston–Stewart ...more

Ralph L. Brinster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Ralph L. Brinster Ralph Lawrence Brinster is an American geneticist and Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Rick Kittles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Rick Kittles Rick Antonius Kittles is an American biologist specializing in human genetics. He is of African-American ancestry, and achieved renown in the 1990s for his pioneering work in tracing the ...more

Jay Laurence Lush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Jay Laurence Lush Jay Laurence Lush was a pioneering animal geneticist who made important contributions to livestock breeding. He is sometimes known as the father of modern scientific animal breeding. Lush ...more

Alfred Sturtevant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Alfred Sturtevant Alfred Henry Sturtevant was an American geneticist. Sturtevant constructed the first genetic map of a chromosome in 1913. Throughout his career he worked on the organism Drosophila melanogaster ...more

Calvin Bridges is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Calvin Bridges Calvin Blackman Bridges was an American scientist, known for his contributions to the field of genetics. Along with Alfred Sturtevant and H.J. Muller, Bridges was part of the famous fly room of ...more

Svante Pääbo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Svante Pääbo Svante Pääbo is a Swedish biologist specializing in evolutionary genetics. One of the founders of paleogenetics, he has worked extensively on the Neanderthal genome.

Gebisa Ejeta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Gebisa Ejeta Gebisa Ejeta is an Ethiopian American plant breeder, geneticist and Professor at Purdue University. In 2009, he won the World Food Prize for his major contributions in the production of

Alan E. H. Emery is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Alan E. H. Emery

Danielle Reed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Danielle Reed Danielle Renee Reed is an American geneticist employed at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is most notable for her papers regarding genetic variation in taste ...more

David Reich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
David Reich David Reich is a geneticist and professor in the department of genetics at the Harvard Medical School, and an associate of the Broad Institute, whose research studies comparing human DNA with ...more

Nancy Wexler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Nancy Wexler Nancy Wexler FRCP is an American geneticist at the Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology at Columbia University, best known for her discovery of the location of the gene that causes Huntington's ...more

Alfred Kühn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Alfred Kühn Alfred Richard Wilhelm Kühn was a German zoologist and geneticist.

Guido Pontecorvo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Guido Pontecorvo Guido Pontecorvo FRS was an Italian-born British geneticist.

Franklin Stahl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Franklin Stahl Franklin William Stahl is an American molecular biologist and geneticist. With Matthew Meselson, Stahl conducted the famous Meselson-Stahl experiment showing that DNA is replicated by a ...more

Eugene McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Eugene McCarthy

Gabriel Dover is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Gabriel Dover Gabriel A. Dover is a British geneticist. He is best known for coining the term molecular drive in 1982 to describe a putative third evolutionary force operating distinctly from natural ...more

Peter J. Bruns is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Peter J. Bruns Peter J. Bruns is a 1976 Guggenheim Fellow in Natural Sciences.

Peter Forster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Peter Forster Peter Forster is a geneticist researching the prehistoric origins and ancestry of mankind. In addition to archaeogenetics, he has published on the reconstruction and spread of prehistoric ...more

Osman Aden Abdulle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
Osman Aden Abdulle Osman Aden Abdulle is a prominent Somali physician and geneticist.