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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 (; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at ...more

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Dian Fossey (; January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her ...more

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Tim Berners-Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee (born 8 June 1955), also known as TimBL, is an English engineer and computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He is currently a ...more

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the ...more

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Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman (; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary ...more
Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood ...more
Robert Jarvik is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. (born May 11, 1946) 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 (まつもとゆきひろ, Matsumoto Yukihiro, a.k.a. Matz, born 14 April 1965) is a Japanese computer scientist and software programmer best known as the chief designer of the Ruby ...more
Umberto Guidoni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Umberto Guidoni (born 18 August 1954 in Rome) is an Italian astrophysicist, science writer and a former ESA astronaut, being the first European to visit the International Space Station. He is a ...more
Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jacob Appelbaum (born 1 April 1983) is an American doctoral candidate in cryptography, independent journalist, computer security researcher, artist, and hacker. He studies at the Eindhoven ...more
Yi So-Yeon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Yi So-yeon (born June 2, 1978) is an astronaut and biotechnologist who became the first Korean to fly in space. Upon return from her mission aboard the ISS, Yi continued as a KARI researcher ...more
George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Researchers
George M. Church
George Church may refer to: George Church (sport shooter) (1889–1951), South African sports shooter George Church (tennis) (1891–1946), American tennis player George Church (priest), Archdeacon ...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 Gray (born 1944; disappeared 2007) was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1998 "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing ...more

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E. O. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929), usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American biologist, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, ...more
Neal D. Barnard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Neal D. Barnard is an American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
Virgil Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Virgil Griffith (born 1983), also known as Romanpoet, is an American programmer, known for being the creator of WikiScanner. He has published papers on artificial life and integrated information ...more
John Lapus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jonathan Anthony Solis Lapus (or known as John Lapus or Sweet, born July 7, 1973) is a Filipino actor, host, director and comedian. Lapus known for his several various roles such as in Shake, ...more
Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Mayim Chaya Bialik ( MY-əm bee-AH-lik; born December 12, 1975) is an American actress, author, and neuroscientist. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of the NBC sitcom Blossom. ...more

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Jan Tinbergen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jan Tinbergen (; Dutch: [ˈtɪnˌbɛrɣə(n)]; April 12, 1903 – June 9, 1994) was an important Dutch economist. He was awarded the first Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1969, which he ...more
Robert Conquest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Researchers
George Robert Acworth Conquest (15 July 1917 – 3 August 2015) was a British-American historian and poet. Conquest was most notable for his influential works of non-fiction including The Great ...more
Naoko Yamazaki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Naoko Yamazaki (山崎 直子, Yamazaki Naoko, born December 27, 1970) is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, and the second Japanese woman to qualify for the program. The first was Chiaki Mukai.
Jan Oort is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Jan Hendrik Oort ( or ; 28 April 1900 – 5 November 1992) was a Dutch astronomer who made significant contributions to the understanding of the Milky Way and who was a pioneer in the field of ...more
Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Florin-Teodor Tănăsescu (born April 12, 1932 in Bârlad, Tutova County, now Vaslui County), is a Romanian electrical engineer, professor at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. His ...more
Ahmed Zewail is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Researchers
Ahmed Hassan Zewail (Arabic: أحمد حسن زويل‎, Egyptian Arabic: [ˈæħmæd ˈħæsæn zeˈweːl]; February 26, 1946 – August 2, 2016) was an Egyptian-American scientist, known as ...more