Rachel Louise Carson

National Portrait Gallery

Rachel Louise Carson

Artist
Alfred Eisenstaedt, 06 Dec 1898 - 25 Aug 1995
Sitter
Rachel Louise Carson, 27 May 1907 - 14 Apr 1964
Exhibition Label
Although it was Rachel Carson's lyricism as a writer that made her books national best sellers, she was always proud of her work as a scientist. In 1936, when she accepted her first full-time job, as a marine biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she was one of only two female professionals at the agency. Alfred Eisenstaedt's 1962 portrait-created for a profile in Life magazine-shows Carson behind a microscope at her Silver Spring, Maryland, home. Earlier that year, Carson had published Silent Spring, an investigation into the harm of man-made pollutants that placed her at the center of a fiery battle between the chemical industry and a growing legion of environmental supporters. Carson's book caught the attention of President John Kennedy, who ordered a further investigation that confirmed her findings and helped pave the way for dramatic changes in the use of pesticides.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
1962
Object number
NPG.2006.79
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 27.7 x 20.5cm (10 7/8 x 8 1/16")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Place
United States\Maryland\Montgomery\Silver Spring
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Interior\Domestic
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk
Equipment\Laboratory Equipment\Microscope
Rachel Louise Carson: Female
Rachel Louise Carson: Literature\Writer\Scientific
Rachel Louise Carson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist
Rachel Louise Carson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Naturalist
Rachel Louise Carson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist
Rachel Louise Carson: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Marine Biologist
Rachel Louise Carson: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.2006.79
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm427e5a038-37ce-40e6-898b-266790c22d99