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

This is a list that features people like George Washington and Benjamin Banneker. Featuring American surveyors and more, this list has it all.

From reputable, prominent, and well known surveyors to the lesser known surveyors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the surveyor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous surveyors ever?" and "What are the names of famous surveyors?" then you're in the right place. 
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the ...more

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Benjamin Banneker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Benjamin Banneker (November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806) was a free African-American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a free ...more
William Austin Burt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
William Austin Burt (June 13, 1792 – August 18, 1858) was an American inventor, legislator, surveyor, and millwright. He was the inventor, maker and patentee of the first typewriter constructed ...more
Zena Ferry Moody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Zenas Ferry Moody (May 27, 1832 – March 14, 1917) was the seventh Governor of Oregon from 1882 to 1887.
William Crawford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
William Crawford
William Crawford (2 September 1722 – 11 June 1782) was an American soldier and surveyor who worked as a western land agent for George Washington. Crawford fought in the French and Indian War and ...more
Henry Dangar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Henry Dangar
Henry Dangar (1796 - 1861) was a surveyor and explorer of Australia in the early period of British colonisation. He became a successful pastoralist and businessman, and also served as a ...more
James Henry Deese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
James Henry Deese (September 23, 1914 – August 11, 2001) was an American NASA manager.
Alexander Ralston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Alexander Ralston (1771 – January 5, 1827) was a Scottish surveyor who was one of two co-architects for the design of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. He also helped to design Washington, D.C.
John Forrest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Sir John Forrest (22 August 1847 – 2 September 1918) was an Australian explorer, the first Premier of Western Australia and a cabinet minister in Australia's first federal parliament. As a young ...more
Alexander Forrest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Alexander Forrest CMG (22 September 1849 – 20 June 1901) was an explorer and surveyor of Western Australia, and later also a member of parliament. As a government surveyor, Forrest explored many ...more
Christopher Greenup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Christopher Greenup (c. 1750 – April 27, 1818) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative and the third Governor of Kentucky. Little is known about his early life; the first ...more
John Breathitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Breathitt (September 9, 1786 – February 21, 1834) was the 11th Governor of Kentucky. He was the first Democrat to hold this office and was the second Kentucky governor to die in office. ...more
Joseph Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Joseph Murphy is an Irish Equestrian athlete participating the 2012 London Olympics.
Alney McLean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Alney McLean (June 10, 1779 – December 30, 1841) was a United States Representative from Kentucky. McLean County, Kentucky is named in his honor.
Thomas Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (15 June 1792 – 5 October 1855), surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia, was born at Grangemouth in Stirlingshire, Scotland. In 1827 ...more
Robert Mylne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Robert Mylne was a Scottish architect and civil engineer, particularly remembered for his design for Blackfriars Bridge in London. Born and raised in Edinburgh, he travelled to Europe as a young ...more
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
David Thompson (30 April 1770 – 10 February 1857) was a British-Canadian fur trader, surveyor, and cartographer, known to some native peoples as Koo-Koo-Sint or "the Stargazer". Over ...more
Henry Haversham Godwin-A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen FRS FZS FRGS MBOU (6 July 1834 – 2 December 1923), known until 1854 as Henry Haversham Austen, was an English topographer, geologist, naturalist ...more
David Redick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
David Redick (died 1805) was a Pennsylvania surveyor, lawyer, and politician.
Charles Brunsdon Fletche... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Charles Brunsdon Fletcher (5 August 1859 – 17 December 1946) was an English-born Australian surveyor and journalist who served as the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald for twenty years.
Richard Caswell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Richard Caswell (August 3, 1729 – November 10, 1789) was the first and fifth governor of the U.S. State of North Carolina, serving from 1776 to 1780 and from 1785 to 1787. He was also major ...more
Robert Seppings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Sir Robert Seppings, FRS (11 December 1767 – 25 April 1840) was an English naval architect. Seppings was born to Robert and Lydia Seppings at Fakenham, Norfolk, on 11 December 1767 and baptised ...more
Dennis K. Bird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Dennis K Bird is Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.
John Henninger Reagan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Henninger Reagan (October 8, 1818 – March 6, 1905) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Texas. A Democrat, Reagan resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when Texas ...more
Carlo Cattarello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Carlo Cattarello Sr., CM (1913 – June 29, 2008) was a corporal in the Canadian armed forces who served combat duty in the Second World War before playing and coaching minor league hockey. In ...more