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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. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known geographers to the lesser known geographers of today, these are the top ten best professionals in this field. If you want to answer the question, "Who are the most famous geographers ever?" start your search here. You can use this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. 
Ptolemy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Claudius Ptolemy (; Koinē Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος, Klaúdios Ptolemaîos [kláwdios ptolɛmɛ́os]; Latin: Claudius Ptolemaeus; c. AD 100 – c. 170) was a mathematician, ...more

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Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khw... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī (Persian: Muḥammad Khwārizmī محمد بن موسى خوارزمی‎; c. 780 – c. 850), Arabized as al-Khwarizmi with al- and formerly Latinized as Algorithmi, was a Persian scholar ...more
Hipparchus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Hipparchus of Nicaea (; Greek: Ἵππαρχος, Hipparkhos; c. 190 – c. 120 BC) was a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician. He is considered the founder of trigonometry but is most famous ...more
Peter Kropotkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin (; Russian: Пётр Алексе́евич Кропо́ткин; December 9, 1842 – February 8, 1921) was a Russian activist, revolutionary, scientist, geographer and philosopher who ...more

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Francisco Moreno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Francisco Pascasio Moreno (May 31, 1852 – November 22, 1919) was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno (perito means "specialist, ...more
Barry Bishop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Barry Chapman Bishop (January 13, 1932 – September 24, 1994) was an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom ...more
Mikhail Lomonosov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Mikhail Lomonosov
Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (; Russian: Михаи́л (Михáйло) Васи́льевич Ломоно́сов, IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ləmɐˈnosəf] (listen); November 19 [O.S. November 8] 1711 – April 15 ...more
Ibn Battuta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Ibn Battuta (; Arabic: محمد ابن بطوطة‎; fully ʾAbū ʿAbd al-Lāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Lāh l-Lawātī ṭ-Ṭanǧī ibn Baṭūṭah; Arabic: أبو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي بن بطوطة) (February 25, ...more

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Alfred Russel Wallace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Alfred Russel Wallace (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory ...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 Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, (19 February 1865 – 26 November 1952) was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four ...more
Edwin James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Edwin P. James (27 August 1797 – 28 October 1861), a 19th-century American botanist, geologist, and medical practitioner, was an important figure in the early exploration of the American West. ...more
Ferdinand von Mueller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, (German: Müller) (30 June 1825 – 10 October 1896) was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist. He was ...more
Heinrich Harrer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Heinrich Harrer (German pronunciation: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaʁɐ]; 6 July 1912 – 7 January 2006) was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He is best known for being on the ...more
William Morris Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Geographers
William Morris Davis (February 12, 1850 – February 5, 1934) was an American geographer, geologist, geomorphologist, and meteorologist, often called the "father of American geography". ...more
Lolo Soetoro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Lolo Soetoro (EYD: Lolo Sutoro; Javanese: [ˈlɒlɒ suːˈtɒrɒː]; 2 January 1935 – 2 March 1987), also known as Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo or Mangundikardjo, of Indonesia was the stepfather of Barack ...more
David Harvey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Geographers
David W. Harvey (born 31 October 1935) is a British-born Marxist economic geographer and Distinguished Professor of anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of ...more
Charles Rabot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Charles Rabot (26 June 1856 in Nevers − 1 February 1944 in Martigné-Ferchaud) was a French geographer, glaciologist, traveler, journalist, lecturer, translator, and explorer. He was also ...more
David R. Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Geographers
David Russell Harris, FSA, FBA (14 December 1930 – 25 December 2013) was a British geographer, anthropologist, archaeologist and academic, well known for his detailed work on the origins of ...more
Eratosthenes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Eratosthenes of Cyrene (; Greek: Ἐρατοσθένης ὁ Κυρηναῖος, romanized: Eratosthénis o Kyrinaíos, IPA: [eratostʰénɛːs]; c. 276 BC – c. 195/194 BC) was a Greek polymath ...more

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Jared Diamond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Jared Mason Diamond (born September 10, 1937) is an American geographer, anthropologist, historian, and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee (1991); Guns, Germs, ...more
Alexander von Humboldt ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (, also US: , UK: , German: [ʔalɛkˈsandɐ fɔn ˈhʊmbɔlt] (listen); 14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian polymath, geographer, ...more

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Laurence Dudley Stamp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Laurence Dudley Stamp
Sir (Laurence) Dudley Stamp, CBE, DSc, D. Litt, LLD, Ekon D, DSc Nat ((1898-03-09)9 March 1898 – (1966-08-08)8 August 1966), was professor of geography at Rangoon and London, and one of the ...more
Louis Feuillée is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Louis Éconches Feuillée (sometimes spelled Feuillet) (1660, Mane, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence – 18 April 1732) was a French member of the Order of the Minims, explorer, astronomer, ...more
Ferdinand von Richthofen... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Geographers
Baron Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen FRSFor HFRSE BGS (5 May 1833 – 6 October 1905), better known in English as Baron von Richthofen, was a German traveller, geographer, and scientist. He is ...more