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.

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