Rachel Carson started the environmental movement. Her book, Silent Spring, was a shot across the bow of big chemical companies and, because the world listened, eagles are no longer an endangered species and peregrine falcons roam the skies over Manhattan.
Rachel Carson was considered a biologist but her seminal book Silent Spring was fundamental to the science of environmental chemistry. In it she sounded an early warning of the effects chemical processes and products would have on our ecosystem.
The birth of the environmental movement and the EPA is largely credited to Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book "Silent Spring" described the havoc DDT was wreaking on birds. Her work has saved countless lives — furred, feathered, finned, and human.
Rachel Carson’s Brave and Prescient 1953 Letter Against the Government’s Assault on Science and Nature