Hello, my name is Rachel Lousie Carson. I was born on a farm in Springdale,
Pennsylvania on May 27, 1907. My mother, Maria McLean Carson was a dedicated
Nicholas magazine while I was in fourth grade.
zoology, even though science was not considered an appropriate avenue for women.
marine zoology. I continued working part-time as a teacher after graduating to help
Marion passed away at the age of forty leaving behind two young daughters, and my
examination necessary for promotion to full-time junior aquatic biologist. I scored higher
than all the other candidates ( who were all male) and became the first female biologist
ever hired by the Bureau of Fisheries whom I was employed by for sixteen years as a
My article entitled “Undersea” which had been published in the Atlantic Monthly,
scientific circles but sales plummeted with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
exclusively male domain, earning the grade of biologist, and becoming the editor-in-chief
qualities. But it was Hines who also said that my qualities of zest and humor made even
Science Writing Award for one chapter of that book entitled “The Birth of an Island.”
the best sellers list.
had been needing so I could finally leave the Fish and Wildlife Service to dedicate my life
to writing. I moved to the coast of Maine and began working on my third book, The
Edge of the Sea in 1955 which would detail life at the ocean’s shoreline. This book
remained on the best sellers list for twenty-three weeks.
During 1956 one of my nieces had passed away and I adopted her five year old
son Roger who I had always been especially fond of. My mother passed away one year
later at the age of eighty-eight.
my fourth book Silent Spring which I completed in 1962. In her letter she told me she was
horrified to find birds dead and dying throughout her property. A few days earlier local
agencies conducted massive, unannounced spraying of the pesticide DDT. I had long
suspected the dangers posed by the use of DDT. I researched the matter and the results
were frightening and I felt the whole story needed to be put in a book. I believe it was my
Committee. I sold a quarter of a million copies of that book, nut not without it sparking a
On April 14, 1964, I passed away at age fifty-six of breast cancer but I was happy
to have lived long enough to receive such awards as the Schweitzer Medal of the Animal
Welfare Institute, The National Wildlife Federation’s “Conservation of the Year,” and the
death in 1980, I was awarded the highest civilian decoration in the nation, The Presidential
Medal of Freedom.