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. 

Jacques-Yves Cousteau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC 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 series of books, perhaps 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 Cannes Film Festival. He remained the only person to win a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 87 (1910-1997)

Birthplace: Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France

Nationality: France

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Oceanographer, + more

Schools: Collège Stanislas de Paris, École Navale

Credits: The Silent World, World Without Sun, The Golden Fish, Epaves, Rhythm on the Reef, + more

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace 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 evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer

Schools: Christ's College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Shrewsbury School, University of Edinburgh Medical School, + more

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Stephen Hillenburg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American cartoonist, animator, producer, marine biologist and teacher. He was the creator of the Nickelodeon television series SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–), which he has also directed, produced, and written. It has gone on to become one of the longest-running American television series as well as the highest-rated show ever to air on Nickelodeon. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hillenburg grew up in Anaheim, California and attended Humboldt State University, earning a bachelor's degree in marine resource planning and interpretation in 1984. After graduating from college, Hillenburg taught marine biology at the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: Lawton, USA, Oklahoma

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Marine biologist, Television producer, Screenwriter, + more

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, + more

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Sylvia Earle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Marine Biologists
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Sylvia Earle appeared in the 2012 documentary film Chasing Ice. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 83

Birthplace: USA, Gibbstown, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Aquanaut, Lecturer, Scientist, Author, Oceanographer, + more

Schools: St. Petersburg College, Duke University, Florida State University

Credits: A Seal's Life, A Sweet Spot in Time

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