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.

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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
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 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, 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 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
Louis Leakey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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
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 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 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 Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology.
Roger Payne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Zoologists
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 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 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 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 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
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
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 John Morris is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter, as well as a popular author in human sociobiology.