Rachel Carson was commemorated in a Google Doodle this month in honor of her 107th birthday. Carson authored the book Silent Spring which inspired the global environmental movement and led to the banning of the pesticide DDT.
Carson was born in 1907 in Pennsylvania (USA) and studied zoology at Johns Hopkins University – later completing an MA in 1932. Carson worked as a marine biologist at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries where she analyzed and reported field data on fish populations, wrote brochures and began to write articles for various newspapers.
Among the books which she authored, Silent Spring is het most well-known. It was published in 1962 and described the environmental and health impacts of pesticides.
Carson’s other books include The Sea Around Us (1952) and The Edge of the Sea (1955). Carson died of breast cancer in 1964. Rachel Carson has received numerous posthumous accolades including having a prize named after her – the Rachel Carson Prize, which was founded in Stavanger (Norway) in 1991 and which is awarded to women who have made a contribution in the field of environmental protection.