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List of Famous Zoologists

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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.

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    Richard Marlin Perkins (March 28, 1905 – June 14, 1986) was an American zoologist best known...  more
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