Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist. Rachel Carson majored in English at the Pennsylvania College for Women, before switching to biology. In 1929, she continued her studies in zoology and genetics at Johns Hopkins. Her career continued as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries where she wrote a weekly educational radio broadcast entitled Romance Under the Waters. In 1937, the Atlantic Monthly published The World of Waters which was followed up in 1941 with Under the Sea Wind. By 1949, Rachel Carson became the editor in chief of publications for the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Rachel’s book The Sea Around Us, published in 1951 won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and resulted in Carson being awarded two honorary doctorates. By 1957, she was closely following the federal proposals for widespread pesticide spraying intended to eradicate fire ants. From this time on until she died in 1964, her professional focus was on the danger of pesticide overuse. Her best-known book, Silent Spring, was published in 1962 and described the dire effects of pesticides on the environment. Her book is widely credited with helping to launch the environmental movement. In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter posthumously awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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