Famous American Ornithologists

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 1 John James Audubon

John James Audubon
Famous As: Naturalist, Painter, Ornithologist
Birthdate: April 26, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Les Cayes
Died: January 27, 1851

 2 Ernst Mayr

Ernst Mayr
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kempten
Died: February 3, 2005

Ernst Mayr was a renowned taxonomist, ornithologist, tropical explorer, historian of science, and philosopher of biology. He was also one of the leading evolutionary biologists of the 20th century. His work contributed immensely to the progression of the biological species concept. Ernst Mayr is also credited with originating the modern philosophy of biology, especially the part concerning evolutionary biology.

 3 Robert Stroud

Robert Stroud
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: November 21, 1963
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 4 James Bond

James Bond
Famous As: ornithologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: February 14, 1989

 5 William Beebe

William Beebe
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: July 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: June 4, 1962

 6 Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson
Famous As: Zoologist, Ornithologist
Birthdate: August 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Died: July 28, 1996

 7 Spencer Fullerton Baird

Spencer Fullerton Baird
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 19, 1887
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 8 Clinton Hart Merriam

Clinton Hart Merriam
Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: December 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 19, 1942

 9 Elliott Coues

Elliott Coues
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 9, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 25, 1899

Renowned ornithologist Elliott Coues, known for his pathbreaking written works such as Key to North American Birds, had established the American Ornithological Union. He had also previously worked as an army surgeon and later taught anatomy. He was also briefly part of the Theosophical Society, though he later lost interest.

 10 Sidney Dillon Ripley

Sidney Dillon Ripley
Famous As: Ornithology
Birthdate: September 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 2001

 11 Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey

Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: August 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 22, 1948

 12 Frank Chapman

Frank Chapman
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: June 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 15, 1945

 13 Alexander Wetmore

Alexander Wetmore
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: June 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: North Freedom, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 7, 1978

Alexander Wetmore was an American avian paleontologist and ornithologist who served as the Secretary of the popular Smithsonian Institution from 1945 to 1952. He also served as the president of The Explorers Club from 1944 to 1946. Alexander Wetmore is also remembered for his influential 4-volume book, Birds of the Republic of Panama.

 14 Margaret Morse Nice

Margaret Morse Nice
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: December 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 26, 1974

 15 Jean Theodore Delacour

Jean Theodore Delacour
Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 5, 1985

 16 Peter Marler

Peter Marler
Famous As: Brain researcher
Birthdate: February 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough, England
Died: July 5, 2014

 17 Harriet Mann Miller

Harriet Mann Miller
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 25, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: December 25, 1918

 18 Fannie Hardy Eckstorm

Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brewer, Maine, United States
Died: December 31, 1946

 19 Richard Pough

Richard Pough
Famous As: Conservationist
Birthdate: April 19, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 24, 2003

 20 Frank Hall Knowlton

Frank Hall Knowlton
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: September 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brandon, Vermont, United States
Died: November 22, 1926

Renowned paleobotanist Frank Hall Knowlton is remembered for his pioneering study of fossilized plants and geologic climates. He not just taught botany but had also been associated with the U.S. Geological Survey. His interests also included birds, and he contributed to a volume named Birds of the World.