Rachel Carson

“If facts are the seeds which later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.” Rachel Carson, 1907-1964, was a marine biologist and writer from a small town in Pennsylvania. She worked for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries as a scientist and editor for fifteen years, before becoming a full-time writer. In 1962, she wrote Silent Spring, a best-seller that spurred a nationwide, grass roots, environmental movement and led to both a ban on the pesticide DDT, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.