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List of Famous Naturalists

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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.

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  • Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,...  more

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  • Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929), usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American...  more
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  • John James Audubon (born April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was an American ornithologist,...  more
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  • Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Cuvier (French: [kyvje]; 23 August 1769 – 13 May 1832),...  more
  • Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born naturalist and...  more
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  • Alfred Russel Wallace (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer,...  more
  • DeWitt Clinton (March 2, 1769 – February 11, 1828) was an American politician and naturalist...  more
  • Minakata Kumagusu (南方 熊楠, May 18, 1867 – December 29, 1941) was a Japanese author, biologist,...  more
  • Archibald Menzies ( MING-iss; 15 March 1754 – 15 February 1842) was a Scottish surgeon,...  more
  • Florentino Ameghino (September 19, 1853 – August 6, 1911) was an Argentine naturalist,...  more
  • Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɔʁʒ lwi ləklɛʁ kɔ̃t də...  more
  • Christopher Gary Packham CBE (born 4 May 1961) is an English naturalist, nature photographer,...  more
  • Edwin Way Teale (June 2, 1899 – October 18, 1980) was an American naturalist, photographer and...  more
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  • Henry Walter Bates (8 February 1825 in Leicester – 16 February 1892 in London) was an English...  more