Born: May 27, 1907, Springdale, Pennsylvania
Died: April 14, 1964 (age 56), Silver Spring, Maryland
Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and nature writer whose
writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
What do you know about Rachael Carson? Take this quick quiz.
1. She also spent a lot of time exploring around her 65-acre farm.
She began writing stories (often involving animals) at age eight, and
had her first published story. How old was Carson when it was published?
2. What college did she graduated magna cum laude from in
3. She earned a master's degree in zoology in June 1932. She had
intended to continue for a doctorate, but in 1934 Carson was forced to
leave Johns Hopkins to search for a full-time teaching position to help
support her family. Where did she end up working for?
4. In 1936 became only the second woman to be hired by the Bureau of
Fisheries for a full-time, professional position, as a junior aquatic
biologist. True or False?
5. In 1960, a duodenal ulcer followed by several infections kept
Carson bedridden for weeks, greatly delaying the completion of her book.
As she was nearing full recovery in March (just as she was completing
drafts of the two cancer chapters of her book), she discovered cysts in
her left breast, one of which necessitated a mastectomy. Though her
doctor described the procedure as precautionary and recommended no
further treatment, by December Carson discovered that the tumor was in
fact malignant and the cancer had metastasized. What was the book she
was working on?
6. What was the cause of death?
7. Where was Rachael Carson buried?