List of Famous Microbiologists

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

This list of famous scientists in microbiology , like Joshua Lederberg and Maurice Hilleman include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known microbiologists to the lesser known microbiologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the microbiologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous microbiologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous microbiologists?" then you're in the right place. 
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    Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter (August 14, 1929 – March 16, 2018) was an American politician who served as a United States Representative from New York from 1987 until her death in 2018. Slaughter was born in Lynch, Kentucky. She studied microbiology and public health at the University of Kentucky, obtaining a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree. After moving to New York and becoming involved in politics as a member of the Democratic Party, she was elected to a seat in the New York State Assembly in 1982 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. Slaughter's district was based in Rochester and included most of surrounding Monroe County; it was numbered as the 30th District  ...more
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    Bruce Edwards Ivins (; April 22, 1946 – July 29, 2008) was an American microbiologist, vaccinologist, senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the key suspected perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks.On July 29, 2008, he died of an overdose of Tylenol with codeine in an apparent suicide after learning that criminal charges were likely to be filed against him by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an alleged criminal connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. No formal charges were ever filed against him for the crime, and despite various pieces of circumstantial evidence that were part  ...more
  • Stanley Falkow (January 24, 1934 – May 5, 2018) was an American microbiologist and a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He discovered molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases, like antibiotic resistance and sounded the alarm for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He championed the benefits of microorganisms. He formulated molecular Koch's postulates, which have guided the study of the microbial determinants of infectious diseases since the late 1980s.  ...more
  • Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris (裴偉士), ( ඡීරිස්), ( பீறிஸ்), FRS, Légion d'Honneur, was born on 10 November 1949, in Sri Lanka. He is referred to in scientific publications and media reports as JSM Peiris, JS Peiris, Joseph Peiris and, most commonly, as Malik Peiris. His close family and friends prefer to use the middle name Sriyal. He is a distinguished old boy of St. Anthony's College Kandy and later studied medicine at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. This was followed by post graduate study at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, UK, leading to the award of the DPhil degree. After further work in the UK and Sri Lanka, he founded the clinical  ...more