Ten Famous Biologists and their Discoveries

The field of biology is a fascinating and diverse one, one which has seen a great many ground breaking discovery over the years. Here's our Ten Famous Biologists and Discoveries to get budding biology students inspired.

Biologists who have shaped the world of our ancestors, our world today and whose discoveries will continue to shape the world for many years:


Aristotle – famous for the classification of living things

384–322 BC

Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is often not considered when it comes to great biological discoveries but his work on the classification of living things was revolutionary at the time. Referred to as the 'Ladder of Life', Aristotle's classification system was still in use up until the 19th century – that's a long time. Aristotle was the first to person to recognise the relationships between species and organise accordingly.