Best known for writing Silent Spring, ecologist and author Rachel Carson started out as a marine biology student. Carson was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries - forerunner of the NOAA Fisheries Service - in 1936 as a science writer. Only the second woman to occupy a full-time professional position with the fisheries bureau, Carson became the first woman scientist to sail overnight on a fisheries bureau ship. Her major works about the oceans include Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951) and The Edge of the Sea (1955). Carson believed that all life on Earth is interconnected and that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. For most of her working life, Carson lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, where NOAA is now headquartered. Click here for more bio information.
Henry Bigelow

Scientist, Writer, Ocean Expert
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