(1907 - 1964)
Rachel Carson was the most influential environmentalist of the 20th century. She was a marine biologist and superb writer.
Among her earliest conscious memories was a “feeling of absolute fascination with or everything relating to the ocean.” Her book about the ocean, The Sea Around Us was a bestseller in 1951, and established her reputation as a fine writer.
Her 1962 book Silent Spring sent a shockwave across America as her readers realized that our widespread use of pesticides was destroying many creatures, especially the birds. For the first time the general public learned that our lifestyle was damaging the environment.
The modern environmental movement was jump-started by the publication of Silent Spring .