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List of Famous Oceanographers

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

This list includes K. Megan McArthur, G. Michael Purdy and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known oceanographers to the lesser known oceanographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the oceanographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous oceanographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous oceanographers?" then you're in the right place. 
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    Katherine Megan McArthur (born August 30, 1971) is an American oceanographer and a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut. She has served as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for both the space shuttle and space station. Megan McArthur has flown one space shuttle mission, STS-125. She is known as the last person to be hands on with the Hubble Space Telescope (although she was not actually "hands on" since she was using the robotic arm at the time). McArthur has served in a number of positions including working in the Shuttle Avionics Laboratory (SAIL). She is married to fellow astronaut Robert L. Behnken. Megan also features as herself in a space based episode of the...  more
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 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
  • Matthew England is a physical oceanographer and climate scientist. England completed a B.Sc. (Honours Class I and University Medal) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2005 he became a Professor at the University of New South Wales, and was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship that same year. England was awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2011. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014 and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2016. England's work relates to the global-scale ocean circulation and its influence on regional climate, with a focus on climate...  more
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
  • Stepan Osipovich Makarov (Russian: Степа́н О́сипович Мака́ров; 8 January 1849 [O.S. 27 December 1848] – 13 April [O.S. 31 March] 1904) was a Russian vice-admiral, a highly accomplished and decorated commander of the Imperial Russian Navy, an oceanographer, awarded by the Russian Academy of Sciences, and author of several books. Makarov also designed a small number of ships. The town of Shiritoru on Sakhalin island was renamed Makarov in 1946 in his honor....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1849-1904)
    • Birthplace: Mykolaiv, Ukraine