Rachel Carson

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Rachel Carson

1907-1964

Rachel Carson

Writer, scientist, and ecologist

Carson was influenced by her mother who introduced her to the world of nature and literature, which became her life long passions. She spent many hours learning about the world of nature through her mother.

Rachel Carson the youngest of three children, grew up on a farm near Pittsburg, PA. She started writing at an early age, becoming a published writer at the age of 10, submitting articles to her favorite children’s magazine. Carson continued to write articles when she got into college. She interned in a biology lab, then served on the zoology staff of the University of Maryland for five years while also spending summers at the new oceanographic institute at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She received her masters degree for zoology from Johns Hopkins. During the Depression, she was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries to write radio scripts. She also wrote articles on natural history for the Baltimore Sun. She then started her 15 year career as a scientist and editor in the federal service. In 1936 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service promoted her to editor in chief of all publications..

In 1952, Carson resigned from government service to dedicate herself to writing. She wrote two books that gave a biography of the ocean, making her famous as a naturalist and science writer. She also wrote articles that taught others about the wonder of the world and the beauty of the living world.

During the Depression, she was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries to write radio scripts. She also wrote articles on natural history for the Baltimore Sun. She then started her 15 year career as a scientist and editor in the federal service. In 1936 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service promoted her to editor in chief of all publications.

Mother of the Green Movement

During WWII, she wanted the warn the public about the misuse of pesticides, mainly DDT, and the effects they have in the long run. This book was her most famous book, Silent Spring, challenging the government and agricultural scientists; calling for a change in the way people looked at the natural world. President Kennedy read it and called for testing of the chemicals that were mentioned in the book. Rachel Carson argued passionately that nature is a network of connections and dependencies and that humans threaten its continuance. Some scientists and government officials called her an alarmist. She courageously stood her ground and spoke out about the damage being inflicted on the ecosystem. She testified before Congress in 1963, calling for new policies to protect the environment and human health.

Carson continued to write articles when she got into college. She interned in a biology lab, then served on the zoology staff of the University of Maryland for five years. Also spending summers at the new Oceanographic Institute at Woods Hole, MA. She received her masters degree for zoology from Johns Hopkins.

Rachel Carson the youngest of three children, grew up on a farm in Springdale, PA. She started writing at an early age, becoming a published writer at the age of 10, submitting articles to her favorite children’s magazine.

"I am always more interested in what I am about to do than in what I have already done."

Rachel Carson linked blood cancer to the use of pesticides. Unfortunately, she was not able to live to see the day that the use of DDT was banned form the US. Her legacy lies in the governmental acts such as the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. Carson taught others to look at how they treat the world we live in. They have a voice that can be heard if they are truly passionate about it.

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