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List of Famous Marine Biologists

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

List features people like Rachel Carson, Stephen Hillenburg, and more! Featuring British marine biologists, female marine biologists, and other marine biology scientists, this list has it all! 

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

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    Jacques-Yves Cousteau, (French: [ʒak iv kusto]; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997), was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the aqua-lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française. Cousteau described his underwater world research in a series of books, perhaps the most successful being his first book, The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure, published in 1953. Cousteau also directed films, most notably the documentary adaptation of the book, The Silent World, which won a Palme d'or at the 1956...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1910-1997)
    • Birthplace: France, Saint-André-de-Cubzac
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Oceanographer
    • Schools: Collège Stanislas de Paris, École Navale
    • Credits: The Silent World, World Without Sun, The Golden Fish, Epaves, Rhythm on the Reef

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    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)
    • Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer
    • Schools: Christ's College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Shrewsbury School, University of Edinburgh Medical School

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    Stephen Hillenburg

    Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator, voice actor, and marine science educator. He is best remembered for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants which he also directed, produced, and wrote. He is the founder of the United Plankton Pictures. It has become the fifth-longest-running American animated series. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art. He started his professional career in 1984, instructing marine biology, at the Orange County Marine Institute, where he wrote The Intertidal Zone, an...  more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Marine biologist, Television producer, Screenwriter
    • Schools: California Institute of the Arts, Humboldt State University
    • Credits: SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko's Modern Life, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Kid vs. Kat, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Sylvia Alice Earle DSc (née Reade; born August 30, 1935) is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. She is also part of the group Ocean Elders, which is dedicated to protecting the ocean and its wildlife....  more
    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Gibbstown, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Aquanaut, Lecturer, Scientist, Author, Oceanographer
    • Schools: St. Petersburg College, Duke University, Florida State University
    • Credits: A Seal's Life, A Sweet Spot in Time