Rachel Carson was a U.S. marine biologist and author who is best known for writing Silent Spring, a book that documented what the improper usage of pesticides such as DDT did to the environment. Published in 1962, Silent Spring was first serialized in the New Yorker, allowing its message to penetrate the public conscience and gain notoriety among its detractors. The book is credited with bringing about the environmental and “green” movements. Carson's other books were Under the Sea-Wind (1948), The Sea Around Us (1951), The Edge of the Sea (1955), and The Sense of Wonder (1965).

Early Life and Career

Born in Pennsylvania, Carson was fascinated by nature and the ocean since childhood. At an early age, she developed a strong respect and adoration for nature. ...

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