Famous British Zoologists

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 1 Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall
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Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

 2 Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell
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Famous As: Naturalist, Conservationist
Birthdate: January 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India
Died: January 30, 1995
Naturalist, author, TV presenter, and zookeeper Gerald Durrell, the youngest brother of author Lawrence Durrell, was the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo. His memoirs were made into the series My Family and Other Animals and The Durrells. He was also a skilled Illustrator.

 3 James Robertson Justice

James Robertson Justice
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lewisham, England
Died: July 2, 1975
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 4 Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
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Famous As: Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Entomologist, Lepidopterist
Birthdate: February 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: August 27, 1937

 5 Anne McLaren

Anne McLaren
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 7, 2007

Geneticist Anne McLaren is remembered for her pioneering research in embryology that paved the way for further research in fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization. The Royal Society fellow had also appeared as a child actor in the film adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel Things to Come.

 6 Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: January 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Purton, Wiltshire, England

 7 Peter Medawar

Peter Medawar
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: PetrĂ³polis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: October 2, 1987
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 8 John Edward Gray

John Edward Gray
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Famous As: Author, zoologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Walsall
Died: March 7, 1875

 9 Jim Cronin

Jim Cronin
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Famous As: Former Zookeeper who was co-founder in 1987 of Monkey World in Dorset, England, a sanctuary for abused and neglected primates
Birthdate: November 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: March 17, 2007

 10 John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Politician, Archaeologist, Prehistorian, Banker, Statistician, Naturalist, Zoologist, Entomologist
Birthdate: April 30, 1834
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: May 28, 1913

British banker John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, better known as Sir John Lubbock, had also been an MP. However, he is best known for his contribution to ethnography and archaeology. He is also credited with coining the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic, and is known for his books on animal behavior.

 11 Charles Sutherland Elton

Charles Sutherland Elton
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: March 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: May 1, 1991

 12 G. Evelyn Hutchinson

G. Evelyn Hutchinson
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Famous As: Ecologist
Birthdate: January 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: May 17, 1991

 13 Ray Lankester

Ray Lankester
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Famous As: Zoologists
Birthdate: May 15, 1847
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 13, 1929

 14 Lancelot Hogben

Lancelot Hogben
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Famous As: Medical Statistician
Birthdate: December 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: August 22, 1975

 15 Reginald Innes Pocock

Reginald Innes Pocock
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: March 4, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clifton, England
Died: August 9, 1947

 16 Thomas Nuttall

Thomas Nuttall
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: January 5, 1786
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Long Preston, England
Died: September 10, 1859

English botanist and naturalist Thomas Nuttal is best known for his popular volume The Genera of North American Plants. He later taught natural history at Harvard and also studied birds, eventually releasing a book on American birds, too. He also undertook a voyage to Columbia River and Hawaii.

 17 David Lack

David Lack
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 12, 1973

 18 Karl Shuker

Karl Shuker
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Famous As: Cryptozoologist, Zoologist, Author
Birthdate: September 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Midlands

 19 C. Lloyd Morgan

C. Lloyd Morgan
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: February 6, 1852
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 6, 1936

 20 William Henry Flower

William Henry Flower
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Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: November 30, 1831
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Died: July 1, 1899

 21 Gavin de Beer

Gavin de Beer
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Famous As: Embryologist
Birthdate: November 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 21, 1972

 22 E. B. Ford

E. B. Ford
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Famous As: Ecological Geneticist
Birthdate: April 23, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalton-in-Furness, England
Died: January 2, 1988

Ecological geneticist B. Ford is remembered for his extensive research on natural selection. An Oxford professor, he had also penned books such as Mendelism and Evolution and Genetic Polymorphism. The Darwin Medal winner introduced the technique of marking animal specimens to determine their population. Single for life, he was considered eccentric.

 23 V. C. Wynne-Edwards

V. C. Wynne-Edwards
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Famous As: British zoologist
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 5, 1997

 24 Brian Heap

Brian Heap
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Famous As: Biologist, Zoologist
Birthdate: February 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 25 Peter Marler

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

 26 James Gray

James Gray
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: October 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wood Green, London, England
Died: December 14, 1975