Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

24Mar10

NOTE: On 03/28/2010, this entry was reposted on She Thought, a site dedicated to the women of science and skepticism.

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I blog, if only briefly, in the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day:

Though she may have been as far away from “tech” as one could get in the world of science, Rachel Carson is my scientific heroine. I admire greatly the passion, adoration and respect she had for science and the natural world. I relate to her as a loner, as an idealist and for her desire not to make the world we live in a better place, but to make us better for the world we live in. I developed a true understanding of the nature, purpose and scope of science for the first time as I read The Sea Around Us, and by the time I was finished, this book had made me a scientist. Carson’s controversial Silent Spring, a warning of both the potential and real harmful long-term effects of indiscriminate pesticide use, was published in 1962 just a year before her death from cancer. The book has been credited as launching the grassroots environmental movement of the 1960’s that eventually led to the establishment of the EPA in 1970. As a scientist in the environmental public sector, I owe even my career to life and work of Rachel Carson.

"The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life." -- Rachel Carson, "Helping Your Child to Wonder," WOMAN'S HOME COMPANION, July 1956

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