Famous Ornithologists - List of Famous Ornithologists

Ornithologist is a type of zoologist who specializes in the study of birds. They study the evolution, behaviour, genetics, life processes, migration patterns, and habitats of birds. Ornithologists may work with wild birds, or birds in zoos or sanctuaries. This field of science has a long history dating back to the Stone Age. The ancient Greek polymath Aristotle mentioned about bird migration, egg laying and moulting in 350 BC. Bird watching began evolving from the early 19th century with the invention of the telescope. With development in technology, a variety of sophisticated and modern tools and techniques are used today to study birds. Ornithologists work in the fields observing birds and collecting samples such as eggs, nests, bones, etc. These samples are them analyzed in the laboratories and results are published in scientific papers. Research on birds helps to classify and understand the various species of birds, and provides information on the effects of climate change, pollution and human encroachment on the lives of different types of birds. Ornithologists may work in research institutions, governmental agencies, zoos and sanctuaries, and environmental agencies. Read on to browse through a list of world famous ornithologists and read their biographies and timelines.

The Most Famous Ornithologists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Konrad LorenzNovember 7, 1903AustrianKonrad Lorenz was a Nobel Prize winning scientist from Austria who developed the branch of ethology
Ernst MayrJuly 5, 1904AmericanErnst Mayr was a renowned biologist who authored the pioneering book on evolutionary biology titled ‘Systematics and the Origin of Species’
Salim AliNovember 12, 1896IndianSalim Ali was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist, often referred to as the "birdman of India." This biography of Salim Ali provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
Nikolaas TinbergenApril 15, 1907DutchNikolaas Tinbergen was a Dutch biologist known for his discoveries concerning social behavior patterns in animals
John James AudubonApril 26, 1785AmericanJohn James Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter
Salim Ali

Salim Ali

Salim Ali was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist, often referred to as the "birdman of India." This biography of Salim Ali provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

IndianNovember 12, 1896139 views

Nikolaas Tinbergen

Nikolaas Tinbergen was a Dutch biologist known for his discoveries concerning social behavior patterns in animals

DutchApril 15, 1907132 views

Ernst Mayr

Ernst Mayr was a renowned biologist who authored the pioneering book on evolutionary biology titled ‘Systematics and the Origin of Species’

AmericanJuly 5, 1904151 views

Konrad Lorenz

Konrad Lorenz was a Nobel Prize winning scientist from Austria who developed the branch of ethology

John James Audubon

John James Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter

AmericanApril 26, 178596 views