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Name one famous beekeeper. Edmund Hillary—right. (Betcha didn't even know he was a New Zealand beekeeper…although if you’re reading this unit regarding the ins and outs of beekeeping, maybe you did.)

Here are some more famous beekeepers:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • E.B. White
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Peter Fonda (named "Beekeeper of the year" by the Florida State Beekeeping Association)
  • Pythagoras (the ancient Greek mathematician)
  • Thomas Jefferson

But the thing is: Will you become famous from your beekeeping? Probably not, unless you figure out what exactly is killing off the bees of the world—a very worrying topic, also called "colony collapse." 

So if you can figure out what's killing the bees and they start thriving again…you're famous.