Zoologists

Zoologists study the structure, physiology, development and classification of animals. They also study the habitats and ecology of animals. Zoology as a branch of life sciences involves work with animals, either in natural surroundings or in captivity. Because of the vastness of the animal kingdom, some zoologists specialize in one of the various branches that fall under this category. They may also choose to focus on whole organisms or parts of an organism. Zoologists conduct analytical and experimental research. They work in the field observing animals and their habitats and collect samples for analysis. They may have to work long irregular hours in remote areas and harsh climatic conditions. The samples collected by field work are examined in laboratories using specialized techniques. High technology software and computer simulations and models are used to analyze the laboratory results. Zoologists help in improving livestock, and facilitate development of new drugs for veterinary usage. Their work is invaluable in the field of animal welfare and conservation of endangered species and habitats. They are employed by the government to aid in developing policies and laws related to animals, both wild and domestic. They also serve in teaching positions in universities and undertake research. Read on to learn about the life and works of various famous zoologists from all over the world.

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 1 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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Famous As: Business woman
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangalore, Mysore State, India

 2 Louis Agassiz

Louis Agassiz
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: May 28, 1807
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montier
Died: December 14, 1873

 3 Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey
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Famous As: Zoologist, Conservationist
Birthdate: January 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: December 26, 1985
Zoologist, primatologist, and conservationist Dian Fossey conducted research on mountain gorillas in Rwanda from 1966 until she was murdered in 1985. She was part of the Trimates assigned to study apes by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. She wrote Gorillas in the Mist, which was later turned into a film.

 4 Stamford Raffles

Stamford Raffles
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Birthdate: July 6, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Morant, Jamaica
Died: July 5, 1826

Stamford Raffles was a British statesman who served as the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies from 1811 to 1816. From 1818 to 1824, he served as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. Raffles is best remembered for founding the Straits Settlements and modern Singapore. He also played a major role in the invasion of Java in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars.

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 5 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

 6 Konrad Lorenz

Konrad Lorenz
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: November 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: February 27, 1989

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz is remembered as a pioneer of ethology. The son of a surgeon father and a physician mother, Lorenz was a qualified physician himself. A university degree awarded to him was rescinded posthumously due to his association with the Nazi party

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 7 Georges Cuvier

Georges Cuvier
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: August 23, 1769
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montbéliard, France
Died: May 13, 1832

Georges Cuvier was a French zoologist and naturalist. A major figure in the early 19th century's research of natural sciences, Cuvier played an important role in establishing the fields of comparative paleontology and anatomy by comparing fossils with living animals, for which he is sometimes regarded as the founding father of paleontology.

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 8 Walter Reed

Walter Reed
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Famous As: Military physician, Zoologist, Entomologist
Birthdate: September 13, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belroi
Died: November 22, 1902
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 9 Paul R. Ehrlich

Paul R. Ehrlich
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Famous As: Entomologist, Zoologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 10 Thomas Hunt Morgan

Thomas Hunt Morgan
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: September 25, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lexington
Died: December 4, 1945
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 11 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

 12 Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: January 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Purton, Wiltshire, England
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 13 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

 14 Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler
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Famous As: Zoologist, Television host
Birthdate: April 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
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 15 Mary J Rathbun

Mary J Rathbun
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: June 11, 1860
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: April 4, 1943

 16 Madison Grant

Madison Grant
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Famous As: Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist, Historian, Zoologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Died: May 30, 1937

 17 Lazzaro Spallanzani

Lazzaro Spallanzani
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Famous As: Biologist, Zoologist, Scientist, Naturalist, University teacher, Entomologist
Birthdate: January 10, 1729
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scandiano
Died: February 12, 1799

 18 Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: August 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: October 27, 1941

 19 Peter Medawar

Peter Brian Medwar
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: October 2, 1987

 20 Karl Patterson Schmidt

Karl Patterson Schmidt
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Famous As: American zoologist
Birthdate: June 19, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
Died: September 26, 1957

 21 David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan
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Famous As: Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist, Autobiographer, Ichthyologist
Birthdate: January 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gainesville (village), New York
Died: September 19, 1931

 22 PZ Myers

PZ Myers
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Famous As: Biologist, Zoologist, Blogger, University teacher
Birthdate: March 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kent
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 23 Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery
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Famous As: Biologist, Paleontologist, Zoologist, Environmentalist
Birthdate: January 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne

 24 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
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 25 Karl von Frisch

Karl von Frisch
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Famous As: Ethologist
Birthdate: November 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 12, 1982

Nobel Prize-winning ethologist Karl von Frisch is best remembered for his research on communication among bees. He was the first to observe that bees communicate the location of food to other bees by a form of “dance.” He penned down his studies in books such as The Dancing Bees.

 26 Friedrich Ratzel

Friedrich Ratzel
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Famous As: Biologist, Geopolitician, Geographer, Zoologist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: August 9, 1904
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 27 August Weismann

August Weismann
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Famous As: Biologist, Zoologist, Geneticist
Birthdate: January 17, 1834
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: November 5, 1914

 28 Dixie Lee Ray

Dixie Lee Ray
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Died: January 2, 1994
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 29 Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: March 26, 1516
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: December 13, 1565

 30 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
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 31 Robert T. Paine

Robert T. Paine
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Famous As: Ecologist
Birthdate: April 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 13, 2016

 32 Pierre-André Latreille

Pierre-André Latreille
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: November 29, 1762
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Died: February 6, 1833

 33 Peter Simon Pallas

Peter Simon Pallas
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Famous As: Explorer, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Scientist, Botanist, Geographer, Arachnologist, Entomologist
Birthdate: September 22, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: September 8, 1811

 34 Georg Forster

Georg Forster
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: November 27, 1754
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mokry Dwór, Poland
Died: January 10, 1794

 35 Georg Wilhelm Steller

Georg Wilhelm Steller
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: March 10, 1709
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bad Windsheim, Germany
Died: November 14, 1746

German-born zoologist and botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller traveled to Russia on a troop ship. He was later part of the Great Northern Expedition, aboard the St. Peter, aimed at locating a sea route from Russia to North America. The Steller’s sea cow, discovered by him, went extinct later.

 36 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: May 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: June 21, 1948

 37 Emma Teeling

Emma Teeling
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 38 Johan Christian Fabricius

Johan Christian Fabricius
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1745
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tøndern, Denmark
Died: March 3, 1808

 39 Roger Tory Peterson

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

 40 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

 41 Charles Henry Turner

Charles Henry Turner
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 14, 1923

 42 Edmund Beecher Wilson

Edmund Beecher Wilson
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: October 19, 1856
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Illinois, United States
Died: March 3, 1939

 43 Paul Kammerer

Paul Kammerer
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: August 17, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 23, 1926

 44 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

 45 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

 46 Mathurin Jacques Brisson

Mathurin Jacques Brisson
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 30, 1723
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fontenay-le-Comte, France
Died: June 23, 1806

 47 James Dwight Dana

James Dwight Dana
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Utica, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 1895

 48 Bernard Germain de Lacépède

Bernard Germain de Lacépède
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: December 26, 1756
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Agen, France
Died: October 6, 1825

 49 Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg

Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: April 19, 1795
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delitzsch, Germany
Died: June 27, 1876

 50 Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman

Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman
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Famous As: British scientist
Birthdate: May 30, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: April 1, 1993

Solly Zuckerman began his career as a research anatomist at the London Zoological Society. Known for his books such as The Social Life of Monkeys and Apes, he had also taught at Oxford University and worked on projects of the British government during World War II, thus developing operational research.

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