Rachel Carson

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Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was the author of Silent Spring, the book that led to the United States EPA banning the pesticide DDT.

Carson graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham College) in 1929.

  • Embedded within all of Carson's writing was the view that human beings were but one part of nature distinguished primarily by their power to alter it, in some cases irreversibly.[1]
  • Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer.

Neil Baldwin wrote:

She started out as an English major, but a required biology course made a deep intellectual impression. She changed her major to zoology, graduated magna cum laude in science, won a fellowship for summer study at the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute, then went on to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a master's degree in genetics.[2]

Her book about the ocean, The Sea Around Us, adopts "an almost Biblical tone" which "immerses" the reader in "a comforting, warm bath" yet endorses the Evolutionary point of view of "the beginnings of all life out of the synthesis of minerals and elements within the sea".