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This list of famous naturalists and naturalism authors includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top naturalists in the world? This includes the most prominent naturalists, living and dead, both from America and abroad. You might also enjoy these highly evolved facts about evolution and our list of the best nature TV shows. This list of notable naturalists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic naturalists were born and what their nationality is. The famous naturalist writers on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned naturalists.

Whether you're looking for American naturalists, that British naturalist whose name you can't quite remember, or female naturalists who have left their mark, this list is sure to help. Among the naturalist people, authors, writers, and thinkers on this list are Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin. Many of the following people specializing in naturalistic research have had significant impact on science. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known naturalists to the lesser known naturalists of today, these are some of the best professionals in field of naturalism and nature writing. Who are the most famous naturalists ever? What are the names of famous naturalists? The list below has all the great naturalists, who have influenced the way humans interact with and relate to the natural world around us all.

Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame ...more

David Attenborough is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC ...more

Steve Backshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Stephen James "Steve" Backshall is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV's Deadly 60. His other BBC work includes being part of the ...more

Alexander von Humboldt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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

E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson FMLS is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is ...more

David M. Carroll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
David M. Carroll is an American naturalist, author and illustrator. He has investigated for the endangered species programs of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, the Environmental Protection Agency, ...more

John James Audubon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
John James Audubon, born Jean-Jacques Audubon, was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for ...more

Terri Irwin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Terri Irwin, AM is an American-Australian,naturalist and author, the widow of Australian naturalist Steve Irwin and owner of Australia Zoo at Beerwah, Queensland, Australia. She co-starred with ...more

Georges Cuvier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier, known as Georges Cuvier, was a French naturalist and zoologist. Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early ...more

Maria Sibylla Merian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family, founders of one of Europe's largest publishing ...more

Edward J. Laurent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Ed Laurent is a Spatial Ecologist who develops and delivers collaborative, science-based recommendations and tools that enable the implementation and evaluation of conservation activities. His ...more

Alfred Russel Wallace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
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

DeWitt Clinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
DeWitt Clinton was an early American politician and naturalist who served as a United States Senator and was the sixth governor of New York. In this last capacity, he was largely responsible for ...more

Minakata Kumagusu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Minakata Kumagusu was a Japanese author and naturalist.

Archibald Menzies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Archibald Menzies was a Scottish surgeon, botanist and naturalist.

Florentino Ameghino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Florentino Ameghino was an Argentine naturalist, paleontologist, anthropologist and zoologist, whose fossil discoveries on the Argentine Pampas, especially on Patagonia, rank with those made in ...more

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte d... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopedic author. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including ...more

Chris Packham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Christopher Gary "Chris" Packham is an English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author, best known for his television work including the children's nature ...more

Edwin Way Teale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Edwin Way Teale was an American naturalist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Teale's works serve as primary source material documenting environmental conditions across North ...more

Francis Harper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Francis Harper was an American naturalist. His research included studies of the Okefenokee Swamp and fieldwork in the north eastern United States and in northern Canada, and he also studied the ...more

Kim Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Kim Williams Kim Williams was an American naturalist, writer, and the longest-ever running guest commenter on NPR where she was a guest commentator on the radio show All Things Considered for over ten and a ...more

Albrecht von Haller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Albrecht von Haller was a Swiss anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet. A pupil of Herman Boerhaave, he is often referred to as "the father of modern physiology."

Diane Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Diane Ackerman is an American poet, essayist, and naturalist known for her wide-ranging curiosity and poetic explorations of the natural world.

Henry Walter Bates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Henry Walter Bates FRS FLS, FGS was an English naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals. He was most famous for his expedition to the rainforests of ...more

Norman Clyde is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Norman Clyde was a mountaineer, mountain guide, freelance writer, nature photographer, and self trained naturalist. He is well known for achieving over 130 first ascents, many in California's ...more

John Livingston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
John Allen Livingston was a Canadian naturalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. He was most known as the voice-over of the Hinterland Who's Who series of television zoological shorts in the ...more

Ernst Dieffenbach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Johann Karl Ernst Dieffenbach, also known as Ernest Dieffenbach, was a German physician, geologist and naturalist, the first trained scientist to live and work in New Zealand, where he travelled ...more

Duff Hart-Davis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Peter Duff Hart-Davis is a biographer, naturalist and journalist and the son of Peggy Ashcroft.

Janisse Ray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Janisse Ray is an American writer, naturalist, and environmental activist. She attended North Georgia College, 1980–82; Florida State University, BA, 1984; and the University of Montana, MFA, ...more

Miranda Krestovnikoff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Miranda Jane Krestovnikoff is a British radio and television presenter specialising in natural history and archaeological programmes. She is also an accomplished musician, as well as a qualified ...more

Nick Baker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Nicholas Rowan Baker is an English naturalist and television presenter, notably on Children's BBC's The Really Wild Show. He has recently finished filming Nick Baker's Weird Creatures.

John Bachman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
The Rev. John Bachman was an American Lutheran minister, social activist and naturalist who collaborated with J.J. Audubon to produce Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America and whose writings, ...more

Terry Nutkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Terence Paul "Terry" Nutkins was an English naturalist, television presenter and author. He was best known for his television appearances, notably in the UK children's programmes ...more

F. Percy Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Frank Percy Smith was a British naturalist and early nature documentary pioneer working for Charles Urban, where he pioneered the use of time lapse and micro cinematography.

Thomas Blakiston is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Thomas Wright Blakiston was an English explorer and naturalist. Born in Lymington, Hampshire, England, Blakiston was the son of Major John Blakiston, second son of Sir Matthew Blakiston, 2nd ...more

Edward Forbes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Professor Edward Forbes FRS, FGS was a Manx naturalist.

Guillaume Rondelet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Guillaume Rondelet, known also as Rondeletus, was Regus Professor of medicine at the University of Montpellier in southern France and Chancellor of the University between 1556 and his death in ...more

Henry Nottidge Moseley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Henry Nottidge Moseley FRS was a British naturalist who sailed on the global scientific expedition of HMS Challenger in 1872 through 1876. Moseley was born in Wandsworth, London, the son of ...more

Alfred Malherbe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Alfred Malherbe was a French magistrate and amateur naturalist born in Mauritius to family originally from Metz. He was the administrator of the Museum of Metz. He devoted his spare time to ...more

Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti was an Italian naturalist. He was supervisor of the Orto Botanico di Firenze in Florence succeeded by Saverio Manetti. Apparently met Caso Umbria in the 1730s.

Gina Crews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Gina Crews is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Marquesas.

William Healey Dall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
William Healey Dall William Healey Dall was an American naturalist, a prominent malacologist, and one of the earliest scientific explorers of interior Alaska. He described many mollusks of the Pacific Northwest of ...more

Frances Hamerstrom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Frances "Fran" Hamerstrom was an American author, naturalist and ornithologist known for her work with the greater prairie chicken in Wisconsin, and for her research on birds of prey. ...more

Johann-Rudolf Meyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Johann-Rudolf Meyer was a naturalist and mountaineer.

Lorenz Oken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Lorenz Oken was a German naturalist, botanist, biologist, and ornithologist. Oken was born Lorenz Okenfuss in Bohlsbach, Ortenau, Baden, and studied natural history and medicine at the ...more

John Acorn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
John Acorn John Acorn, also known as The Nature Nut, is a naturalist who is known for his inspiring personality and infectious love of nature. He is a local Edmonton celebrity, combining folk music with ...more

Friedrich Parrot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Johann Jacob Friedrich Wilhelm Parrot was a German naturalist and traveller, who lived and worked in what was then the Governorate of Livonia, a part of the Russian Empire.

Pieter Whitney Fosburgh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Naturalists

Alfred Moquin-Tandon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Naturalists
Christian Horace Benedict Alfred Moquin-Tandon was a French naturalist and doctor. Moquin-Tandon was professor of zoology at Marseille from 1829 until 1833, when he was appointed professor of ...more