If you go to the Google home page today, you’ll see this:
It celebrates Rachel Carson’s 107th birthday (she died, way too young, in 1964).
I know you’ve heard of her, for she was the twentieth century’s most notable environmentalist, and her 1963 bestseller, Silent Spring, undoubtedly the most important environmental work of our time. (If you want to learn more, today’s Washington Post has a nice retrospective.) That book —I still remember when it was published—called everyone’s attention to the dangers of pesticides, and, by so doing, launched the environmentalism of the 1960s that continues today. She was also, of course, a marine biologist, having preceded Silent Spring with two bestsellers on ocean life.
Breast cancer took her at 56, but she’s one of those people for whom the words “she’s still with us” are more than a consoling bromide.