From an early age Rachel Carson showed a talent for writing, publishing a number of award-winning pieces while still in her teens. While attending Pennsylvania College for Women (later Chatham College) Carson studied with a female biology professor who served as a role model for Carson in an era when few women sought careers in the sciences. Carson subsequently changed her major from English to Biology. And went on to earn a master’s degree in marine biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932. She continued to work toward her doctorate until her family’s financial difficulties made it necessary for her to take a position with the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries (later incorporated into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) in 1935. In 1941, Carson’s first book, Under the Sea-Wind was published. Although that book went largely unnoticed due to the Second World War, her next two books, The Sea Around Us (1951) and The Edge of the Sea (1955), were enormous critical and popular successes.
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