Women Botanists

Throughout history, there have been many women botanists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female botanists such as Lynn Margulis, Marie Stopes, Janaki Ammal, Agnes Arber, Gertrude Jekyll.The women botanists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Lynn Margulis

Lynn Margulis.
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 22, 2011

Lynn Margulis was an evolutionary theorist, biologist, educator, and science author. She was a modern proponent of the significance of symbiosis in evolution. Along with British chemist James Lovelock, Margulis was the co-developer of the Gaia hypothesis. She was a strong critic of neo-Darwinism. In 2001, she was honored with the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. 

 2 Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes.
Famous As: Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists
Birthdate: October 15, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: October 2, 1958

 3 Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll.
Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

 4 Eva Ekeblad

Eva Ekeblad.
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: July 10, 1724
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 15, 1786

 5 Ynes Mexia

Ynes Mexia.
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 12, 1938

 6 Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 7 Janaki Ammal

Janaki Ammal.
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Birthplace: Thalassery
Died: 1984 AD

Janaki Ammal was an Indian botanist whose work concerning phytogeography, cytogenetics, and plant breeding earned her India's fourth-highest honor, the Padma Shri, in 1977. She is credited with improving India’s indigenous sugarcane varieties. She also helped analyze sugarcane's geographical distribution across India.

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 8 Ruth Patrick

Ruth Patrick
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: November 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Died: September 23, 2013

 9 Catharine Parr Traill

Catharine Parr Traill
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Southwark, England
Died: August 29, 1899

Catharine Parr Traill moved from England to Canada after her marriage and soon became one of the greatest authors of children’s and settlers’ literature of her time. Her writings reflected the charm of the Canadian countryside. Her letters to her mother in England were collated in The Backwoods of Canada.

 10 Katherine Esau

Katherine Esau
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: April 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
Died: June 4, 1997

 11 Agnes Arber

Agnes Arber.
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: February 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: March 22, 1960

 12 Emma Lucy Braun

Emma Lucy Braun
Famous As: Botanist and ecologist
Birthdate: April 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: March 5, 1971

 13 Elizabeth Gertrude Britton

Elizabeth Gertrude Britton
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: January 9, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 1934

 14 Mary Vaux Walcott

Mary Vaux Walcott
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 31, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 22, 1940

 15 Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps

Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: July 15, 1793
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 15, 1884

 16 Catherine Furbish

Catherine Furbish
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 9, 1834
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 6, 1931

 17 Elsa Matilde Zardini

Elsa Matilde Zardini
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: June 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina