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List of famous zoologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top zoologists in the world? This includes the most prominent zoologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Some of them are celebrity animal rights activists, while others an inspiration to dog-lovers everywhere. This list of notable zoologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic zoologists 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 zoologists.

This list of famous people of zoology features Australian nature expert Steve Irwin, Alfred Kinsey, Charles Darwin, and more. You also can't forget famous female zoologists, like Jane Goodall, Terri Irwin, and Dian Fossey.  

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

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Steve Irwin Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame ...more

Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Dian Fossey 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

Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Jane Goodall 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

Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Charles Darwin 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

Jack Hanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Jack Hanna John Bushnell "Jack" Hanna is an American zookeeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was Director of the zoo from 1978 to 1993, and is viewed as ...more

Gregor Mendel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Gregor Mendel Gregor Johann Mendel was a German-speaking Moravian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for ...more

Rachel Carson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Rachel Carson Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began ...more

James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
James D. Watson James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and ...more

Peter Kropotkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Peter Kropotkin Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and prominent anarchist. Kropotkin advocated ...more

Su Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Su Song Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, ...more

Terri Irwin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Terri Irwin 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

Roger Wolcott Sperry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Roger Wolcott Sperry Roger Wolcott Sperry was a neuropsychologist, neurobiologist and Nobel laureate who, together with David Hunter Hubel and Torsten Nils Wiesel, won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine ...more

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Louis Leakey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Louis Leakey Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, also known as L. S. B. Leakey, was a Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa, ...more

Georges Cuvier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Georges Cuvier 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

Emil Racoviță is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Emil Racoviță Emil Racoviță was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist, explorer of Antarctica and the first biologist in the world to study the arctic life. Together with Grigore Antipa, he was one of ...more

Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell was an American zoologist, born at Norwood, England, and brother of Sydney Cockerell. He was educated at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, and then studied ...more

Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Alfred Kinsey 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

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Roger Payne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Roger Payne Roger Searle Payne is an American biologist and environmentalist famous for the 1967 discovery of whale song among humpback whales. Payne later became an important figure in the worldwide ...more

Florentino Ameghino is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Florentino Ameghino 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

James Dwight Dana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
James Dwight Dana James Dwight Dana was an American geologist, mineralogist, volcanologist, and zoologist. He made pioneering studies of mountain-building, volcanic activity, and the origin and structure of ...more

Ernst Mayr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Ernst Mayr Ernst Walter Mayr was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, and historian of science. His work ...more

Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov was a Russian zoologist best known for his pioneering research into the immune system. In particular, he is credited with the discovery of phagocytes in 1882, and his ...more

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Marlin Perkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Marlin Perkins Richard Marlin Perkins was an American zoologist best known as a host of the television program Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985.

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron R... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild Bt FRS, a scion of the Rothschild family, was a British banker, politician, and zoologist.

Desmond Morris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Desmond Morris Desmond John Morris is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter, as well as a popular author in human sociobiology.

Charles Henry Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Charles Henry Turner Charles Henry Turner was an American research biologist, educator, zoologist, and comparative psychologist born in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1892, Turner became the first African American to receive ...more

Francis Harper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Francis Harper 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

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Thomas Nuttall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Thomas Nuttall Thomas Nuttall was an English botanist and zoologist who lived and worked in America from 1808 until 1841. Nuttall was born in the village of Long Preston, near Settle in the West Riding of ...more

Aubrey Manning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Aubrey Manning Aubrey William George Manning, OBE, FRSE, FIBiol, is a distinguished English zoologist and broadcaster.

Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton was a French naturalist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers.

Addison Emery Verrill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Addison Emery Verrill Addison Emery Verrill was an American zoologist. He was a student of Louis Agassiz at Harvard University and graduated in 1862. He then accepted a position as Yale University's first Professor ...more

Alphonse Milne-Edwards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Alphonse Milne-Edwards Alphonse Milne-Edwards was a French mammalologist, ornithologist and carcinologist. He was English in origin, the son of Henri Milne-Edwards and grandson of Bryan Edwards, a Jamaican planter who ...more

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Dean Conant Worcester is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Dean Conant Worcester Dean Conant Worcester, D.Sc., FRGS was an American zoologist, public official, and authority on the Philippines, born at Thetford, Vermont, and educated at the University of Michigan. He first ...more

Karl Möbius is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Karl Möbius Karl August Möbius was a German zoologist who was a pioneer in the field of ecology and a former director of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin.

Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke was a zoologist and ornithologist. He was married to ornithologist Maria Koepcke, and was the father of mammalogist Juliane Koepcke.

Alexandre Brongniart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Alexandre Brongniart Alexandre Brongniart was a French chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist, who collaborated with Georges Cuvier on a study of the geology of the region around Paris. He was the son of the architect ...more

Victor Hensen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Victor Hensen Christian Andreas Victor Hensen was a German zoologist. He coined the term plankton and laid the foundation for biological oceanography. Hensen was born in the town of Schleswig. He studied ...more

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Charles Wyville Thomson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Charles Wyville Thomson Sir Charles Wyville Thomson FRSE FRS FLS FGS FZS was a Scottish natural historian and marine zoologist. He served as the chief scientist on the Challenger expedition; his work there ...more

Oscar Riddle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Oscar Riddle Oscar Riddle was an American biologist. He is known for his research into the pituitary gland and for isolating the hormone prolactin.

James Cossar Ewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
James Cossar Ewart James Cossar Ewart FRS was a Scottish zoologist. He was the son of John Ewart, a joiner, and Jean Cossar. Ewart was born in Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland. He studied medicine from 1871 to 1874 ...more

John R. Gregg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Zoologists

Eugen Schuhmacher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Eugen Schuhmacher Eugen Schuhmacher was a German zoologist and pioneer of animal documentaries. Besides Bernhard Grzimek and Heinz Sielmann he belongs to the German wildlife documentary filmmakers with an ...more

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Nicola Davies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Nicola Davies Nicola Davies is an English zoologist and writer. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children's wildlife programme The Really Wild Show. More recently, she has made her name as a ...more

Wolfgang Wüster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Wolfgang Wüster Wolfgang Wüster is a herpetologist and senior lecturer in zoology at Bangor University, UK. Wüster attained his bachelor's degree at the University of Cambridge in 1985 and his ...more

Georgina Sweet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Georgina Sweet Georgina Sweet OBE was an Australian zoologist and women's rights activist. She was the first woman to graduate with a Doctor of Science from the University of Melbourne, and was the first ...more

John Percy Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
John Percy Moore John Percy Moore was an American zoologist specialising in leeches. He was born at Williamsport, Pa. and was educated at the Central High School of Philadelphia and at the University of ...more

Charles Godfray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Charles Godfray Hugh Charles Jonathan Godfray CBE FRS is a British zoologist. He is Hope Professor of Zoology at Jesus College, Oxford.

Eugenie Clark is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Eugenie Clark Eugenie Clark, sometimes referred to as The Shark Lady, was an American ichthyologist known for her research on poisonous fish of the tropical seas and on the behavior of sharks. She was a ...more

Iain Douglas-Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
Iain Douglas-Hamilton Iain Douglas-Hamilton OBE is a zoologist known for his study of elephants.

William Neale Lockington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
William Neale Lockington William Neale Lockington was an English zoologist. Lockington was the curator of the California Academy of Sciences museum from 1875 to 1881.