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Rachel Louise Carson

Rachel Louise Carson
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Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1898 - 25 Aug 1995
Rachel Louise Carson, 27 May 1907 - 14 Apr 1964
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 27.7 x 20.5cm (10 7/8 x 8 1/16")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Although it was Rachel Carson's lyricism as a writer that made her books national best sellers, she was always proud of her work as a scientist. In 1936, when she accepted her first full-time job, as a marine biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she was one of only two female professionals at the agency. Alfred Eisenstaedt's 1962 portrait-created for a profile in Life magazine-shows Carson behind a microscope at her Silver Spring, Maryland, home. Earlier that year, Carson had published Silent Spring, an investigation into the harm of man-made pollutants that placed her at the center of a fiery battle between the chemical industry and a growing legion of environmental supporters. Carson's book caught the attention of President John Kennedy, who ordered a further investigation that confirmed her findings and helped pave the way for dramatic changes in the use of pesticides.
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