Ms. Rachel Louise Carson was born on May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her adult life in and around Montgomery County, Maryland. She was a renowned biologist and owed her love of nature to the encouragements of her mother, from whom young Rachel learned the lore and magic of birds and insects, streams and ponds. She lived along this stream valley while she wrote her book Silent Spring.
Rachel Carson was a scientist who had a remarkable talent for making complicated scientific information accessible. Her 1962 book Silent Spring, is widely acknowledged to have changed the way Americans think about the natural world, and is responsible for beginning the modern environmental movement.
Her warnings about the dangers of pesticides led to the banning of DDT and other pesticides across the nation, along with the establishment of the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) in 1970. Her message about the need for everyone to become stewards of the environment is just as compelling today as it was when she wrote the book.
"The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists, but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life. " — Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder, (posthumously 1965)