A Short Biographical Sketch on Rachel Carson
Rachel Louise Carson also known as the ‘Mother of the Modern Environmental Movement’ was one of the most influential women in her time. She was born on May 27th in the year 1907, and died on April 14th 1964 at the age of 57. She grew up in a small Pennsylvania community where she lived on her family’s 65 acre farm. A great deal of her spare time was spent exploring the woods and natural surroundings. At a very early age Carson became passionate about writing and hoped to one day become a writer. Her first works as a writer was published at the age of 10 in St. Nicholas (a magazine for young writers).
In 1925 Carson enrolled in the Pennsylvania College for Women to pursue English as her major but later on switched to Biology. During the summers Carson spent her time working at the U.S. Marine Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. After graduating with honours from Pennsylvania College for Women she was awarded a scholarship to complete an M.A. at John Hopkins University, Baltimore in the year 1929. Then in 1932 she achieved an M.A. in Zoology from John Hopkins University.
Following the completion of her education, Carson worked part-time at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries as a writer of a radio show entitled ‘Romance under the Waters’ which was based upon the exploration of marine life. During that time she would continue to submit writings on conservation and nature to newspapers and magazines, on a regular basis her articles were published by the Baltimore Sun. In 1936, The Bureau of Fisheries appointed Carson as a full time junior aquatic biologist; she was one of the only two women who worked with this organization on a professional level.
Meantime, Carson submitted an article to the Atlantic Monthly. With her passion for writing and inspiration in a desire to share her findings, Carson published her first book entitled Under the Sea-Wind in 1941. In her book she was able to describe...