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Rachel Carson, circa 1944.
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Color photograph, head shot.

Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Hired to write radio spots on marine life, Rachel Carson worked for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission for fifteen years before her best-selling book The Sea Around Us enabled her to leave her job and begin a new career as an author. Carson's great skill was in translating highly technical scientific research into a clear and moving prose that made her one of the nation's most famous writers of popular books on science and nature.

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