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List of famous geographers, with photos, bios, and other information. Who are the top geographers in the world? This includes the most prominent geographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable geographers is ordered by their level of prominence,, and you can sort the info by column.

This list below has everything from John Scott Keltie to Sidney William Wooldridge. 

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Ptolemy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Ptolemy Claudius Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in the ...more

Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī Abū ‘Abdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, formerly Latinized as Algoritmi or Algaurizin, was a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer during the Abbasid Caliphate, a scholar in the ...more

Hipparchus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Hipparchus Hipparchus of Nicaea, was a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician. He is considered the founder of trigonometry but is most famous for his incidental discovery of precession of the ...more

Peter Kropotkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Peter Kropotkin Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and prominent anarchist. Kropotkin advocated ...more

Francisco Moreno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Francisco Moreno Francisco Pascasio Moreno was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential ...more

Barry Bishop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Barry Bishop Barry Chapman Bishop was an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein, he was a member of the first ...more

Mikhail Lomonosov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Mikhail Lomonosov Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of ...more

Ibn Battuta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Ibn Battuta Ibn Baṭūṭah, or simply Ibn Battuta, was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty ...more

Alfred Russel Wallace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Alfred Russel Wallace Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural ...more

J. Paul Goode is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Geographers
J. Paul Goode John Paul Goode, a geographer and cartographer, was one of the key geographers in American Geography’s Incipient Period from 1900 to 1940. Goode was born in Stewartville, Minnesota on November ...more

Sven Hedin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Sven Hedin Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he ...more

Edwin James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Edwin James Edwin P. James was a 19th-century American botanist, geographer and geologist who explored the American West. James completed the first recorded ascent of Pikes Peak. Born in Weybridge, Vermont, ...more

Ferdinand von Mueller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Ferdinand von Mueller Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, KCMG was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist. He was appointed Government Botanist for the then colony of ...more

Heinrich Harrer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Heinrich Harrer Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He is best known for being on the four-man climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger ...more

William Morris Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Geographers
William Morris Davis William Morris Davis was an American geographer, geologist, geomorphologist, and meteorologist, often called the "father of American geography". He was born into a Quaker family in ...more

Lolo Soetoro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Lolo Soetoro Lolo Soetoro, also known as Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo or Mangundikardjo, was the Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

David Harvey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Geographers
David Harvey David W. Harvey FBA is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received his PhD in Geography from the University ...more

Charles Rabot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Charles Rabot Charles Rabot was a French geographer, glaciologist, traveler, journalist, lecturer, translator, and explorer. He was also the first person to climb Kebnekaise, the tallest mountain in Sweden, ...more

David R. Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Geographers
David R. Harris David Russell Harris FBA was a British geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic, well known for his detailed work on the origins of agriculture and the domestication of plants and ...more

Eratosthenes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Eratosthenes Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He ...more

Jared Diamond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Jared Diamond Jared Mason Diamond is an American scientist and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday. Originally ...more

Alexander von Humboldt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Alexander von Humboldt Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von ...more

Laurence Dudley Stamp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Laurence Dudley Stamp Sir Dudley Stamp, CBE, DSc, D. Litt, LLD, Ekon D, DSc Nat, was professor of geography at Rangoon and London, and one of the internationally best known British geographers of the 20th century. ...more

Louis Feuillée is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Louis Feuillée Louis Éconches Feuillée was a French member of the Order of the Minims, explorer, astronomer, geographer, and botanist. Feuillée was educated at the Minim convent of Mane, ...more

Ferdinand von Richthofen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Ferdinand von Richthofen Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen was a German traveller, geographer, and scientist. He is noted for coining the terms "Seidenstraße" and "Seidenstraßen" = ...more

Joseph Nicollet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Joseph Nicollet Joseph Nicolas Nicollet, also known as Jean-Nicolas Nicollet, was a French geographer, astronomer, and mathematician known for mapping the Upper Mississippi River basin during the 1830s. ...more

Matthias Bel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Matthias Bel Matthias Bel or Matthias Bél was a Lutheran pastor and polymath from the Kingdom of Hungary. He is also known as the Great Ornament of Hungary. He described himself as "lingua ...more

Aziz Ab'Sáber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Aziz Ab'Sáber Aziz Nacib Ab'Sáber was an environmentalist and one of Brazil´s most respected scientists, honored with the highest awards of Brazilian science in geography, geology, ecology and ...more

Jovan Cvijić is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Jovan Cvijić Jovan Cvijić was a Serbian geographer, president of the Serbian Royal Academy of Sciences and rector of the University of Belgrade. Cvijić is considered the founder of geography in Serbia. He ...more

Michael Frank Goodchild is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Michael Frank Goodchild Michael Frank Goodchild is a British-American geographer. He is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After nineteen years at the University of ...more

Edward William Brayley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Edward William Brayley Edward William Brayley FRS was an English geographer, librarian, and science author.

Michael Watts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Michael Watts Michael J. Watts was "Class of 1963" Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a leading critical intellectual figure of the

Gottfried Heinsius is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Gottfried Heinsius Gottfried Heinsius was a German mathematician, geographer and astronomer. He was born near Naumburg and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1733 from the University of Leipzig with a dissertation on De ...more

Manuel Uribe Ángel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Manuel Uribe Ángel Manuel María Uribe Angel was a Colombian physician, geographer and politician, he has been called the "father of medicine of Antioquia" for his contributions to the advances of ...more

Muhammad al-Idrisi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Muhammad al-Idrisi Abu Abd Allah Muhammad al-Idrisi al-Qurtubi al-Hasani al-Sabti or simply Al Idrisi was a Muslim geographer, cartographer, Egyptologist and traveller who lived in Sicily, at the court of King ...more

Fyodor Litke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Fyodor Litke Count Fyodor Petrovich Litke was a Russian navigator, geographer, and Arctic explorer. He became a count in 1866, and an admiral in 1855. He was a Corresponding Member, Honorable Member, and ...more

Carlos Minc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Carlos Minc Carlos Minc Baumfeld is a Brazilian geographer, professor, environmentalist, politician and Minister of Environment in Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's second term as president of Brazil.

Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro was born in Ferreñafe in the Lambayeque Region of Peru. He was one of the pioneers of the exploration of north-eastern Peru and a scientist of many talents - a ...more

Marinus of Tyre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Marinus of Tyre Marinus of Tyre was a Greek or Hellenized geographer, cartographer and mathematician, who founded mathematical geography and provided the underpinnings of Claudius Ptolemy's influential

Hubert Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Hubert Wilkins Sir George Hubert Wilkins MC & Bar was an Australian polar explorer, ornithologist, pilot, soldier, geographer and photographer.

Erich von Drygalski is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Erich von Drygalski Erich Dagobert von Drygalski was a German geographer, geophysicist and polar scientist, born in Königsberg, Province of Prussia. Between 1882 and 1887, Drygalski studied mathematics and ...more

Henry Gannett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Henry Gannett Henry Gannett, M.E.; LL.D. was an American geographer who is described as the "Father of the Quadrangle" which is the basis for topographical maps in the United States.

Carl Ritter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Carl Ritter Karl Ritter was a German geographer. Along with Alexander von Humboldt, he is considered one of the founders of modern geography. From 1825 until his death, he occupied the first chair in ...more

John Scott Keltie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Geographers
John Scott Keltie Sir John Scott Keltie F.R.G.S., F.S.S was a Scottish geographer, best known for his work with the Royal Geographic Society.

John S. Kyser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Geographers
John S. Kyser John Schenebly Kyser was an American historian and geographer who served as the president of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, from 1954-1966.

Vardan Areveltsi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Vardan Areveltsi Vardan Areveltsi was a thirteenth-century Armenian historian, geographer, philosopher and translator. In addition to establishing numerous schools and monasteries, he also left behind a rich ...more

Voin Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Voin Rimsky-Korsakov Voin Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian navigator, hydrographer and geographer. He was an elder brother of composer and conductor Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Rimsky-Korsakov was born in 1822 ...more

Katip Çelebi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Katip Çelebi Kâtip Çelebi, Mustafa bin Abdullah, Haji Khalifa or Kalfa, was an Ottoman scholar. A historian and geographer, he is regarded as one of the most productive authors of non-religious, ...more

Jon Kedrowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Jon Kedrowski Jonathan James Kedrowski is an author, speaker, ski-mountaineer and geographer. Kedrowski is best known for his many mountaineering accomplishments and ski descents: most notably, in 2011, when ...more

Robert Kates is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Robert Kates Robert W. Kates is an American geographer and independent scholar in Trenton, Maine, and University Professor at Brown University.