. . . however, she only lived to be 56.
Credited with being a key figure in the advancement of the environmental movement.
And although she does have her (conservative) critics, her contributions to awareness can hardly be argued.
What has always amazed me about people like Rachel Carson is how much they seem to get done in their short lives, almost seeming like they know they will die young.
History is dotted with people who leave a mark on the world yet die very young.