Rachel Carson

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.” ~Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was a writer, marine biologist, and ecologist. She was the Editor-in-Chief for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publications. In her free time, she wrote a trilogy of wonderful books—Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us, and The Edge of the Sea—exploring, in poetic prose, the life of the ocean, from its depths to its shores. The Sea Around Us won numerous awards, spent 86 weeks on the NYT best-seller list, 31 of which were at #1, and both sparked the world’s curiosity about the ocean and made scientific knowledge accessible to the non-scientific public. Her next and most famous book represented a change in focus away from the ocean and toward the land. Silent Spring shined light on the impact of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals on the environment. Silent Spring gained worldwide attention and inspired the environmental conservation movement that led to a ban on DDT and the creation of the EPA. She died of breast cancer and posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter.

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