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Rachel Carson
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    (1907-April 14, 1964)
    Contributed to the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Nature and Reader's Digest
    Wrote books 'Undersea (1937),' 'Under the Sea-Wind (1941),' 'The Sea Around Us (1951),' 'The Edge of the Sea (1955)' and 'Silent Spring (1962)'
    Charter member of the National Women's Hall of Fame (1973)
    Her book 'The Edge of the Sea' was turned into an Oscar-winning documentary film, but it severely embarrassed her to the point where she disowned it.
    Her second book, 'Under the Sea-Wind,' though received well by critics, flopped commercially.
    She did not take up a social voice against environmental hazards until the latter part of her life.
    She was a zoologist and a biologist.
    She had to deal with sexism throughout most of her career.
    Despite the notion at the time that a woman working in the Bureau of Fisheries was ridiculous, she outscored all other applicants on her civil service exam (1935).
    She had to get by on a small amount of money for most of her writing career.
    She took care of her mother and her nieces after her sister died.
    She had a way of giving her love of the environment to others through her writing.
    She wrote 'Silent Spring,' an expose of DDT pesticides and their harm to other creatures.
    As a direct result of the huge international success of this book, the government banned the use of DDT and the modern environmental movement was created.
    She had to deal with violent opposition to 'Silent Spring' being published from the chemical industry and ludicrous accusations that she was a 'hysterical woman unqualified to write such a book.'
    She proved to be right about a large majority of her scientific observations, including correctly predicting multiple chemical sensitivity disorder.
    Halfway through writing it, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
    She appeared on television in a debate with a chemical company spokesperson despite being gravely ill and carried her own.
    She was only 56 years old when she died of breast cancer (1964).
    She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1980).

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