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List of famous researchers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top researchers in the world? This includes the most prominent researchers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable researchers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic researchers 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 researchers.

This list features Robert Jarvik, Veljko Milković and more. Featuring historical researchers, celebrity researchers, and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known researchers to the lesser known researchers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the researcher field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous researchers ever?" and "What are the names of famous researchers?" then you're in the right place. 

Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the ...more

Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain ...more

Tim Berners-Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS, also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a ...more

Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best ...more

Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Milton Friedman was an American economist, statistician and writer who taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades. He received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic ...more

Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Charles Richard Drew was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied ...more

Robert Jarvik is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. is an American scientist, researcher and entrepreneur known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.

Yukihiro Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Yukihiro Matsumoto (松本行弘, Matsumoto Yukihiro, a.k.a. Matz, born 14 April 1965) is a Japanese computer scientist and software programmer software programmer best known as the chief designer of ...more

Umberto Guidoni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Umberto Guidoni is an Italian astrophysicist, science writer and a former ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of two NASA space shuttle missions. He was also a Member of the European Parliament from ...more

Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Appelbaum is a Staff Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on computer security and privacy with a ...more

Yi So-Yeon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Yi So-yeon is a scientist who became the first Korean to fly in space.

George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Researchers
George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored ...more

Veljko Milković is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Researchers

Jim Gray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Researchers
James Nicholas "Jim" Gray was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1998 "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research and ...more

E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Researchers
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

Neal D. Barnard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Neal D. Barnard is an American doctor, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an international network of doctors, scientists, ...more

Virgil Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Virgil Griffith, also known as Romanpoet, is an American software application writer, known for his creation of WikiScanner and the lawsuits filed against him by Blackboard Inc. in 2003. He has ...more

John Lapus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jonathan Anthony Solis Lapus is a Filipino actor, host and comedian.

Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Mayim Hoya Bialik is an American actress and neuroscientist. From early January 1991 to May 1995, she played the title character of NBC's Blossom. Since May 2010, she has played Dr. Amy Farrah ...more

Jan Tinbergen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jan Tinbergen was a Dutch economist. He was awarded the first Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1969, which he shared with Ragnar Frisch for having developed ...more

Robert Conquest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Researchers
George Robert Acworth Conquest CMG, OBE, FBA, FAAAS, FRSL, FBIS is an Anglo-American historian and poet notable for his influential works of Soviet history which include The Great Terror: ...more

Naoko Yamazaki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Naoko Yamazaki is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, the second Japanese woman to qualify. The first was Chiaki Mukai.

Jan Oort is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jan Hendrik Oort ForMemRS was a Dutch astronomer who made significant contributions to the understanding of the Milky Way and who was a pioneer in the field of radio astronomy. His New York ...more

Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu, is a Romanian electrical engineer, professor at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. His father, Dumitru Tănăsescu, was a lawyer, being also known for his hobby of ...more

Ahmed Zewail is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Ahmed Hassan Zewail is an Egyptian- American scientist, known as the "father of femtochemistry", he won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on femtochemistry and became the ...more

Andrew Mattison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Andrew Michael Mattison was a medical psychologist and researcher. He performed influential research in both clinical and social aspects of sexology, as well as drug use. He spent the majority ...more

John M. Gottman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Researchers
John Mordecai Gottman is a professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations, many of which were published ...more

Tom Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Sir Thomas "Tom" Robert Alexander Harries Davis, KBE was a Prime Minister of the Cook Islands and a medical researcher.

Jael de Pardo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jael de Pardo is an American television actress born in Colombia. At the age of two, her family moved to New York. She began her modeling career at age four with the Ford Modeling Agency. Jael ...more

Chia-Tung Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Chia-Tung Lee is a researcher, writer, and university professor.

Mario Capecchi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Mario Ramberg Capecchi is an Italian-born American molecular geneticist and a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering a method to create mice in which a ...more

Willis Harman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Willis Harman was an American engineer, social scientist, academic, futurist, writer, and visionary. He is best remembered for his work with SRI International, for being president of the ...more

Peter C. Doherty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Peter Charles Doherty AC is an Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1995, the Nobel Prize in ...more

Allen Newell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Allen Newell was a researcher in computer science and cognitive psychology at the RAND Corporation and at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business, and ...more

Muntassir Mamoon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Muntassir Mamoon Muntassir Mamoon is a Bangladeshi author, historian, scholar, translator and professor of University of Dhaka.

Mila Rechcigl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr., or Mila Rechcigl, is a trained biochemist, nutritionist and cancer researcher, writer, editor, historian, bibliographer and genealogist. He was one of the founders and ...more

Christine Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Christine Lee is an English medical researcher. She is Emeritus Professor of Haemophilia in the University of London, and founding Editor of Haemophilia. She trained in medicine at the ...more

David A. Wagner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Researchers
David A. Wagner is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a well-known researcher in cryptography and computer security. He is a member of the Election ...more

Elizabeth Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN is an Australian-American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies the telomere, a structure at ...more

Javad Mojabi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Javad Mojabi is an Iranian poet, writer, researcher, and literary and art critic.

Ahn Cheol-soo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Ahn Cheol-soo, also known as Charles Ahn, is a South Korean businessman, politician, and former physician and professor. He founded AhnLab, Inc., an antivirus software company, in 1995. Until ...more

Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional ...more

Geoffrey Blainey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC, FAHA, FASSA is a prominent Australian historian, academic, philanthropist and commentator with a wide international audience. He is noted for having written ...more

Kirsty Sword Gusmão is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Kirsty Sword Gusmão is married to Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister and former President of Timor-Leste. She is the founding director of the Alola Foundation, which seeks to improve ...more

Thomas Sterling is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Thomas L. Sterling is an author.

David Emerson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Researchers
David Lee Emerson, PC, OBC is a Canadian politician, financial executive, and economist Emerson is a former Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Kingsway. He was first elected as a ...more

Judith Viorst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Judith Viorst is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney and ...more

Eric Horvitz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Eric Joel Horvitz is an American computer scientist, and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft, where he serves as director of Microsoft Research's main Redmond lab.

Christopher Langton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Christopher Langton is an American computer scientist and one of the founders of the field of artificial life. He coined the term in the late 1980s when he organized the first "Workshop on ...more

Rolf M. Zinkernagel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Rolf Martin Zinkernagel AC, FAA is Professor of Experimental Immunology at the University of Zurich. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for the discovery of how the ...more