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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 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 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 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 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, 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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a geneticist, author, filmmaker, film director and producer.
Steve Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Geneticists
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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