List of Famous Geologists

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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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 '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 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 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 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 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.
Colin Campbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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. "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 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, 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 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
Richard Mourdock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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 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
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 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, Sr. ForMemRS was an American geologist, paleontologist, and eugenist, and the president of the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years.
James Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Geologists
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 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