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Rachel Carson

1907 - 1964

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Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, writer, and conservationist whose influential book Silent Spring (1962) and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer and financial security. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rachel Carson has received more than 2,600,372 page views. Her biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Rachel Carson is the 24th most popular biologist (up from 26th in 2019), the 270th most popular biography from United States (up from 350th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Biologist.

Rachel Carson is most famous for her book Silent Spring, which was published in 1962. In the book, she argued that the indiscriminate use of pesticides, such as DDT, threatened both human health and the environment. The book helped to launch the environmental movement in the United States.

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Among biologists, Rachel Carson ranks 24 out of 841Before her are Georges Cuvier, Francis Crick, Robert Brown, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Thomas Henry Huxley, and Maria Sibylla Merian. After her are Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, Barbara McClintock, Conrad Gessner, Jules Bordet, and Dian Fossey.

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Among people born in 1907, Rachel Carson ranks 11Before her are Oscar Niemeyer, John Wayne, Edwin McMillan, Mircea Eliade, Hergé, and Laurence Olivier. After her are Alberto Moravia, Yakov Dzhugashvili, Baldur von Schirach, Jacques Tati, Yang Shangkun, and J. Hans D. Jensen. Among people deceased in 1964, Rachel Carson ranks 6Before her are Jawaharlal Nehru, Douglas MacArthur, Ian Fleming, Herbert Hoover, and Paul of Greece. After her are Norbert Wiener, James Franck, Alma Mahler, Gerhard Domagk, Victor Francis Hess, and Vasily Grossman.

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Among people born in United States, Rachel Carson ranks 270 out of 18,182Before her are Robert Peary (1856), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Leonard Bernstein (1918), John Quincy Adams (1767), Claude Shannon (1916), and Robert Andrews Millikan (1868). After her are Benjamin Harrison (1833), Robert Fulton (1765), Jesse James (1847), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), P. T. Barnum (1810), and Joe Pesci (1943).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Rachel Carson ranks 3Before her are James Watson (1928) and Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866). After her are Barbara McClintock (1902), Dian Fossey (1932), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), and Alfred Hershey (1908).