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Carson, Rachel (1907–1964)

RACHEL CARSON was thoroughly educated as a biologist. She obtained her education at the Pennsylvania College for Women, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and earned her master's degree in zoology from Johns Hopkins University. She worked for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries (now Fish and Wildlife) for 17 years.

Through her work as a governmental biologist, she studied fish and wildlife and became very knowledgeable of the environmental impacts of pesticides on animal populations. She was particularly interested in the effects of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) on the environment. It was through her biological and zoological background and negative reports about DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons that she began research and writing her now famous book, Silent Spring.

DDT was first used as a insecticide in ...

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