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Rachel Carson

American marine biologist and conservationist

1907   -   1964

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Chatham University, Johns Hopkins University
occupation: marine biologist, environmentalist, zoologist, essayist, author, conservationist, non-fiction writer, ecologist
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, John Burroughs Medal, National Women's Hall of Fame, Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Book Award for Nonfiction, Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, Cullum Geographical Medal, Audubon Medal, Science Journalism Award - Magazine
influenced by: Aldo Leopold

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths. Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.
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Silent Spring

A book by Rachel Carson about pesticides harming the environment.

author: Rachel Carson


The Sea Around Us

1951 book

author: Rachel Carson


The Edge of the Sea

book by Rachel Carson

author: Rachel Carson
illustrator: Robert W. Hines

Under the Sea Wind

book by Rachel Carson

author: Rachel Carson
illustrator: Robert W. Hines


Sense of Wonder

author: Rachel Carson

The sense of wonder

author: Rachel Carson

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