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List of famous geologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top geologists in the world? This includes the most prominent geologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also enjoy the world's best geological formations as well as the greatest scientific breakthroughs of 2017. This list of notable geologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic geologists 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 geologists.

This list of important geologists ranges includes Charles Lyell, Charles Darwin, James Hutton, and more. These geology scholars and scientists have all influenced our knowledge of earth science and the study of rocks.

From reputable, prominent, and well known geologists to the lesser known geologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the geologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous geologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous geologists?" then you're in the right place.

Charles Lyell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Charles Lyell Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, FRS was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts ...more

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Harrison Schmitt Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt is an American geologist, retired NASA astronaut, university professor and former U.S. senator from New Mexico. In December 1972, as one of the crew on ...more

James Hutton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geologists
James Hutton James Hutton FRSE was a Scottish geologist, physician, chemical manufacturer, naturalist, and experimental agriculturalist. He originated the theory of uniformitarianism—a fundamental principle ...more

Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Charles Darwin 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 ...more

George Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Geologists
George Gibbs George Gibbs was an American ethnologist, naturalist and geologist who contributed to the study of the languages of indigenous peoples in Washington Territory. Known for his expertise on Native ...more

John Bidwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Geologists
John Bidwell John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician, prohibitionist and philanthropist. He is famous for leading ...more

William Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Geologists
William Smith William 'Strata' Smith was an English geologist, credited with creating the first nationwide geological map. He is known as the "Father of English Geology" for collating the geological ...more

Alfred Wegener is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Alfred Wegener Alfred Lothar Wegener was a German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist. During his lifetime he was primarily known for his achievements in meteorology and as a pioneer of polar ...more

John Muir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Geologists
John Muir John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, ...more

James F. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Geologists
James F. Reilly James Francis Reilly, II, Ph.D. is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut who has flown on three space shuttle missions: STS-89, STS-104 and STS-117. He was born at Mountain Home Air ...more

Florence Bascom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Florence Bascom Florence Bascom was the first woman hired by the United States Geological Survey, known for her innovative use of petrography in studying crystalline rocks and identifying their origins.

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Colin Campbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Colin Campbell Colin J. Campbell, PhD Oxford is a retired British petroleum geologist who predicted that oil production would peak by 2007. He claims the consequences of this are uncertain but drastic, due to ...more

Anthony R. Barringer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Anthony R. Barringer Anthony R. "Tony" Barringer was a Canadian/American geophysicist. He made numerous contributions to mineral exploration technology. His most famous work was the development of the ...more

Walter Alvarez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Walter Alvarez Walter Alvarez is a professor in the Earth and Planetary Science department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is most widely known for the theory that dinosaurs were killed by an ...more

Eugene Merle Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Eugene Merle Shoemaker Eugene Merle Shoemaker, also known as Gene Shoemaker, was an American geologist and one of the founders of the field of planetary science. He is best known for co-discovering the Comet ...more

Charles Francis Richter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Charles Francis Richter Charles Francis Richter was an American seismologist and physicist. Richter is most famous as the creator of the Richter magnitude scale which, until the development of the moment magnitude ...more

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Richard Mourdock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Richard Mourdock Richard Earl Mourdock was the 53rd treasurer of the state of Indiana, serving from February 10, 2007, to August 29, 2014. Running with the support of the Tea Party movement, he defeated six-term ...more

John Wesley Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Geologists
John Wesley Powell John Wesley Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is ...more

Carl Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Carl Reichenbach Baron Dr. Carl Ludwig von Reichenbach was a notable chemist, geologist, metallurgist, naturalist, industrialist and philosopher, and a member of the prestigious Prussian Academy of Sciences. He ...more

Bruce C. Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Bruce C. Murray Bruce C. Murray was born November 30, 1931 in New York, NY. He is a professor emeritus of planetary science and geology at Caltech and was Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from April 1, ...more

Henry Fairfield Osborn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Henry Fairfield Osborn Henry Fairfield Osborn, Sr. ForMemRS was an American geologist, paleontologist, and eugenist, and the president of the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years.

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James Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Geologists
James Hall James Hall was a geologist and mountaineer.

Charles Whittlesey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Charles Whittlesey Charles Whittlesey was a soldier, geologist and an investigator of mounds relics of the United States. He is described by Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis, in their book Ancient ...more

Vladimir Vernadsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Vladimir Vernadsky Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky was a Ukrainian, Russian and Soviet mineralogist and geochemist who is considered one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and of radiogeology, founder ...more

J. J. Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Geologists
J. J. Stevenson John James Stevenson was an American geologist, born in New York City. He graduated at New York University in 1863, became professor of chemistry at West Virginia University for two years, then ...more

Nicolas Steno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Nicolas Steno Nicolas Steno was a Danish scientist, a pioneer in both anatomy and geology who became Catholic bishop in his later years. Steno was trained in the classical texts on science; however, by 1659 ...more

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J. Ross Mackay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Geologists
J. Ross Mackay John Ross Mackay, OC, FRSC was a Canadian geographer. He is most noted for his explorations of permafrost phenomena in the western Canadian Arctic. His 40 plus years of study has enabled the ...more

Anthony Hallam is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Anthony Hallam Professor Anthony Hallam, aka Tony Hallam, is a British geologist, palaeontologist and writer. His research interests concentrate on the Jurassic Period, with particular reference to ...more

Ferdinand von Richthofen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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

Robert Dick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Robert Dick Robert Dick is an American flutist and composer specializing in new music and extended techniques. He was a member of the experimental woodwind trio New Winds with Ned Rothenberg and J. D. ...more

Farouk El-Baz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Farouk El-Baz Farouk El-Baz is an Egyptian American space scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the ...more

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Benjamin Franklin Mudge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Benjamin Franklin Mudge Benjamin Franklin Mudge was an American lawyer, geologist and teacher. Briefly the mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, he later moved to Kansas where he was appointed the first State Geologist. He led ...more

Arthur N. Strahler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Arthur N. Strahler Arthur Newell Strahler was a geoscience professor at Columbia University who in 1952 developed the Strahler Stream Order system for classifying streams according to the power of their ...more

Louis Agassiz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Louis Agassiz Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, commonly known as Louis Agassiz, was a Swiss-born and European-trained biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural ...more

Shen Kuo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Shen Kuo Shen Kuo or Shen Gua, courtesy name Cunzhong and pseudonym Mengqi Weng, was a Han Chinese polymathic genius, medical doctor, scientist and statesman of the Song dynasty. Excelling in many fields ...more

John Tuzo Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Geologists
John Tuzo Wilson John Tuzo Wilson, CC, OBE, FRS, FRSC, FRSE was a Canadian geophysicist and geologist who achieved worldwide acclaim for his contributions to the theory of plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the ...more

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Alexis Anastay Julien is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Alexis Anastay Julien Alexis Anastay Julien was an American geologist who taught at Columbia University's School of Mines for many years.

Jim Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Jim Gibbons James Arthur "Jim" Gibbons is an American attorney, aviator, geologist, hydrologist and politician. He served as the 28th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada from 2007 to 2011. He is ...more

George Perkins Merrill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Geologists
George Perkins Merrill George Perkins Merrill was an American geologist, notable as the head curator from 1917 to 1929 of the Department of Geology, United States National Museum. He was educated at the University of ...more

Tony Hayward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Tony Hayward Anthony Bryan "Tony" Hayward is a British businessman and former chief executive of oil and energy company BP. He replaced John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley, on 1 May 2007. His ...more

John Hickenlooper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Geologists
John Hickenlooper John Wright Hickenlooper, Jr. is an American Democratic Party politician and the 42nd and current Governor of Colorado. Hickenlooper has served as Governor since 2011. He serves as a member of ...more

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Joseph Melville See is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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Gerard V. Middleton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Gerard V. Middleton Gerard Viner Gerry Middleton FRSC is an award winning Canadian geologist and university teacher. Middleton was born in South Africa and educated in England. He obtained his batchelors and ...more

David McCurdy Baird is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Geologists
David McCurdy Baird David McCurdy Baird, OC FRSC is a Canadian geologist, photographer, and academic.

Oliver C. Farrington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Oliver C. Farrington Oliver Cummings Farrington was an American geologist. He was born at Brewer, Maine, and was educated at the University of Maine and at Yale University, where he was tutor in 1890-91. Between ...more

Thomas Henry Holland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Thomas Henry Holland Sir Thomas Henry Holland KCSI KCIE FRS was a British geologist and educational administrator. Thomas Holland was born in Helston, Cornwall. In 1884, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal ...more

Joseph Beete Jukes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Joseph Beete Jukes Joseph Beete Jukes, born to John and Sophia Jukes at Summer Hill, Birmingham, England, was a renowned geologist, author of several geological manuals and served as a naturalist on the ...more

Clarence King is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Clarence King Clarence Rivers King was an American geologist, mountaineer, and author. He served as the first director of the United States Geological Survey from 1879 to 1881. King was noted for his ...more

Willis Blatchley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Geologists
Willis Blatchley Willis Stanley Blatchley was an American entomologist, malacologist and geologist. In his biological work, Willis Blatchley made contributions to the study of Coleoptera, Orthoptera, Hemiptera, ...more