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Rachel Carson


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Rachel Carson

  1. 1. Rachel Carson – A Journey
  2. 2. <ul><li>Born on May 27 th , 1907 </li></ul><ul><li>The youngest child of Maria and Robert Carson </li></ul><ul><li>Since childhood she loved books and reading; and wanted to become a writer </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>In 1925, she joined the Pennsylvania College for Women </li></ul><ul><li>She intended on majoring English and become a writer </li></ul><ul><li>Her biology teacher, Miss Mary Scott Skinner, had great impact on her. Her biology class ignited Rachel Carson’s mind </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Although her creative energies were focused on biology, she was well known as a writer in her sophomore years </li></ul><ul><li>Lines in Tennyson’s poem “ Locksley Hall” clarified her direction , telling her that the “vision splendid” she pursued lay with the sea </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>She decided to become a marine biologist and Rachel completed her undergraduate program </li></ul><ul><li>with laurels </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>She completed her master program in John Hopkins university </li></ul><ul><li>She couldn’t continue her research program because of economic constraints </li></ul><ul><li>She started her career as a radio script writer </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Later she joined the US Bureau of Fisheries as a junior scientist and rose to Chief Publication officer </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The fisheries research she could do as a scientist and her writing skill helped her to bring out the trilogy - Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us and The Edge of the Sea </li></ul><ul><li>She took early retirement from government service to become a full time science writer </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>She became aware of many environmental problems of which use of pesticides without discretion was the serious one </li></ul><ul><li>Water soil and the earth’s green mantle of plants make up the world that supports the animal life of the earth and she thought, “If I keep silent there won’t be any peace for me” </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Thus she started working on Silent Spring which changed the course of history in America </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>When it was published in 1962 it was hailed and criticized widely </li></ul><ul><li>On June 3 rd , 1963 Rachel Carson gave her testimony before President John F. Kennedy’s Science Advisory Committee, which submitted a report largely backing her scientific claims. </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Rachel Carson died on April 14, 1964 at the age of 56 due to cancer </li></ul>
  13. 15. “ The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)