AskDefine | Define biologist

Dictionary Definition

biologist n : (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms [syn: life scientist]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A student of biology; one versed in the science of biology.


student of biology
  • Albanian: biolog
  • Czech: biolog
  • Icelandic: líffræðingur
  • Japanese: 生物学者 ()

Extensive Definition

A biologist is a scientist devoted to and producing results in biology through the study of organisms. Typically biologists study organisms and their relationship to their environment. Biologists involved in basic research attempt to discover underlying mechanisms that govern how organisms work. Biologists involved in applied research attempt to develop or improve medical, industrial or agricultural processes.


There are many types of biologists. Some deal with the macroscopic world, and others with the microscopic. There is much overlap between different fields, and it is often hard to classify a biologist as only one of them. Many jobs in biology as a field require an academic degree. A PhD (or equivalent) is generally required to direct independent research, and involves a specialization in a specific area of biology. (U.S. Department of Labor)
biologist in Breton: Bevoniour
biologist in Danish: Biolog
biologist in German: Biologe
biologist in Esperanto: Biologo
biologist in French: biologiste
biologist in Korean: 생물학자
biologist in Hebrew: ביולוג
biologist in Portuguese: Biólogo
biologist in Simple English: Biologist
biologist in Slovenian: Biolog
biologist in Finnish: Biologi
biologist in Swedish: Biolog
biologist in Chinese: 生物学家

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