Rachel Carson

1907 - 1964

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Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, 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 2,300,361 page views. Her biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Rachel Carson is the 26th most popular biologist (up from 48th in 2019), the 350th most popular biography from United States (up from 579th 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 26 out of 844Before her are Thomas Hunt Morgan, Élie Metchnikoff, Trofim Lysenko, Nikolai Vavilov, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Conrad Gessner. After her are Karl von Frisch, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Dian Fossey, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Charles Richet, and Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.

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Among people born in 1907, Rachel Carson ranks 13Before her are Mircea Eliade, Laurence Olivier, Hergé, Alberto Moravia, Edwin McMillan, and Baldur von Schirach. After her are Jacques Tati, Yakov Dzhugashvili, Yang Shangkun, François Duvalier, John Bowlby, and Nikolaas Tinbergen. Among people deceased in 1964, Rachel Carson ranks 9Before her are Herbert Hoover, Paul of Greece, Ian Fleming, Norbert Wiener, Victor Francis Hess, and Alma Mahler. After her are James Franck, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Gerrit Rietveld, Vasily Grossman, Gerhard Domagk, and Karl Polanyi.

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Among people born in United States, Rachel Carson ranks 350 out of 15,968Before her are Paul Auster (1947), Angelina Jolie (1975), Richard Bach (1936), Charlie Parker (1920), Mary Cassatt (1844), and Sarah Vaughan (1924). After her are Joe Dassin (1938), Marvin Gaye (1939), Anthony Perkins (1932), Henry Clay (1777), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), and Ted Kaczynski (1942).

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 Dian Fossey (1932), Barbara McClintock (1902), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), Alfred Hershey (1908), George Beadle (1903), Gerald Edelman (1929), and John Franklin Enders (1897).