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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 George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the ...more

Benjamin Banneker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Benjamin Banneker Benjamin Banneker was a free African American scientist, surveyor, almanac author and farmer. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a free African American woman and a former slave, Banneker ...more

William Austin Burt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
William Austin Burt William Austin Burt was an American inventor, legislator, surveyor, and millwright. He was the inventor, maker and patentee of the first typewriter constructed in America. He is referred to as ...more

Zena Ferry Moody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Zena Ferry Moody Zenas Ferry Moody 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 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 the American Revolutionary War. ...more

Henry Dangar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Henry Dangar Henry Dangar 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 magistrate and ...more

James Henry Deese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
James Henry Deese James Henry Deese was a NASA manager.

Alexander Ralston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Alexander Ralston Alexander Ralston was one of two co-architects for the design of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana.

John Forrest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Forrest Sir John Forrest GCMG was an Australian explorer, the first Premier of Western Australia and a cabinet minister in Australia's first federal parliament. As a young man, John Forrest won fame as ...more

Alexander Forrest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Alexander Forrest Alexander Forrest CMG, was an explorer and surveyor of Western Australia, as well as a politician.

Christopher Greenup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Christopher Greenup Christopher Greenup 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 reliable records about him ...more

John Breathitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Breathitt John Breathitt 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. Shortly after his death, Breathitt County, ...more

Joseph Murphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Joseph Murphy 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 Alney McLean 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
Thomas Mitchell Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia, was born at Grangemouth in Stirlingshire, Scotland. In 1827 he took up an appointment as ...more

Robert Mylne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Robert Mylne 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 David Thompson was a British-Canadian fur trader, surveyor, and map-maker, known to some native peoples as "Koo-Coo-Sint" or "the Stargazer." Over his career he mapped over ...more

Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen FRS FZS FRGS MBOU, known until 1854 as Henry Haversham Austen, was an English topographer, geologist, naturalist and surveyor. He explored the ...more

David Redick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
David Redick David Redick was a Pennsylvania surveyor, lawyer, and politician.

Charles Brunsdon Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Charles Brunsdon Fletcher Charles Brunsdon Fletcher 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 Richard Caswell was the first and fifth governor of the U.S. State of North Carolina, serving from 1776 to 1780 and from 1785 to 1787.

Robert Seppings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Robert Seppings Sir Robert Seppings FRS was an English naval architect. Seppings was born at Fakenham, Norfolk, and in 1782 was apprenticed in Plymouth dockyard. In 1800, when he had risen to be master ...more

Dennis K. Bird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Dennis K. Bird 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 John Henninger Reagan was an American politician from the U.S. state of Texas. A Democrat, Reagan resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when Texas seceded from the Union and joined the ...more

Carlo Cattarello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Carlo Cattarello Carlo Cattarello Sr., CM 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 2001 he was honoured with ...more

Joseph Smith Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Joseph Smith Harris Joseph Smith Harris was an American surveyor, civil engineer, and railroad executive. Largely self-taught, he worked on several projects for the U.S. government, including the Coast Survey of ...more

Washington Allon Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Washington Allon Bartlett Washington Allon Bartlett was the first alcalde of the American-era San Francisco serving from August 14, 1846 to January 31, 1847.

Robert D. FitzGerald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Robert D. FitzGerald Robert David FitzGerald was an Irish-Australian surveyor, ornithologist, botanist and poet. His father, also Robert David FitzGerald, was a banker, and his mother was Mary Ann, née Bell. ...more

Cadwallader Colden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Cadwallader Colden Cadwallader Colden was a physician, farmer, surveyor, botanist, and a lieutenant governor for the Province of New York.

Robert Gossett Woodthorpe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Robert Gossett Woodthorpe Captain in the Survey of India c 1880

John Williams Gunnison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Williams Gunnison John Williams Gunnison was an American military officer and explorer.

J. W. Henderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
J. W. Henderson James Wilson Henderson was the fourth Governor of Texas from November 23, 1853 to December 21, 1853. Born on August 15, 1817 in Sumner County, Tennessee, Henderson moved to Texas when he was 19 ...more

Frank W. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Frank W. Johnson Francis White "Frank" Johnson was a co-commander of the Texian Army from December 1835 through February 1836, during the Texas Revolution. Johnson arrived in Texas in 1826 and worked ...more

Humphrey Marshall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Humphrey Marshall Humphrey Marshall was a politician from the U.S. states of Virginia and Kentucky. He served in the state legislatures of both states and represented Kentucky in the United States Senate from ...more

Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélange... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger was a Canadian politician. He first ran for the Canadian House of Commons in 1945 in the district of Charlevoix—Saguenay under the banner of the Social ...more

John G. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John G. Jackson John George Jackson was a U.S. Representative and federal judge from Virginia, the son of George Jackson, brother of Edward B. Jackson, and grandfather of William Thomas Bland, Jacob Beeson ...more

Charles Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Charles Abercrombie Scotish Engineer who set out many of Scotland's roads between the late 18th century and 1817.

Augustine Herman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Augustine Herman Augustine Herman, First Lord of Bohemia Manor was a Bohemian explorer, merchant and cartographer who lived in New Amsterdam and Cecil County, Maryland. In the employment of Cecil Calvert, 2nd ...more

Danny Roy Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Danny Roy Moore Danny Roy Moore is a civil engineer and land surveyor in Arcadia, Louisiana, who served as a conservative Democrat in the Louisiana State Senate from 1964 until 1968. He represented a north ...more

William Owsley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
William Owsley William Owsley was an associate justice on the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the 16th Governor of Kentucky. He also served in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly and was Kentucky ...more

Howard Stansbury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Howard Stansbury Howard Stansbury was a major in the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers. His most notable achievement was leading a two-year expedition to survey the Great Salt Lake and its surroundings. ...more

John Whichcord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Whichcord John Whichcord Snr was a British architect who worked in Maidstone, Kent and designed many public and institutional buildings in the town.

Thomas Hutchins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Thomas Hutchins Thomas Hutchins was an American military engineer, cartographer, geographer and surveyor. In 1781, Hutchins was named Geographer of the United States. He is the only person to hold that post.

George Everest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
George Everest Colonel Sir George Everest was a Welsh surveyor and geographer, and the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843. Everest was largely responsible for completing the section of the Great ...more

Josef Naus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Josef Naus Josef Naus was an officer and surveying technician, known for leading the first ascent of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Variations of his name are Karl Naus or Joseph Naus.

Newton Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Newton Moore Major-General Sir Newton James Moore KCMG, was the eighth Premier of Western Australia and a member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1932. Newton Moore was born in ...more

John Septimus Roe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Septimus Roe John Septimus Roe was the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia. He was a renowned explorer, and a Member of Western Australia's Legislative and Executive Councils for nearly 40 years.

Sir William Rule is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Sir William Rule Naval Architect.

Charles-Humbert-Marie Vincent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
Charles-Humbert-Marie Vincent In Portugal, Vincent surveyed in little over a year almost all the Portuguese fortifications along the border with Spain and along the Portuguese coastline. See Aspectos da ...more

John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Surveyors
John Kirby John Kirby was an English land surveyor and topographer. His book The Suffolk Traveller, first published in 1735, was the first single county road-book. Kirby lived in Wickham Market, Suffolk ...more