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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
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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 of uniformitarianism—the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. ...more

Age: Died at 78 (1797-1875)

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Angus, United Kingdom, + more

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Profession: Geologist, Lawyer

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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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 widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

Age: Died at 67 (1452-1519)

Birthplace: Vinci, Italy

Nationality: Republic of Florence

Profession: Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist, Inventor, Architect, + more

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Harrison Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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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 board Apollo 17, Schmitt became the first member of NASA's first scientist-astronaut group to fly in space. As Apollo ...more

Age: 81

Birthplace: Santa Rita, New Mexico, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Astronaut, Scientist, Geologist

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James Hutton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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James Hutton FRSE was a Scottish geologist, physician, chemical manufacturer, naturalist, and experimental agriculturalist. He originated the theory of uniformitarianism—a fundamental principle of geology—which explains the features of the Earth's crust by means of natural processes over geologic ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1726-1797)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Profession: Physician, Geologist

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