In 1938 when Sylvia was three years old the family had moved to Paulsboro. This new farmhouse was not very comfortable but to Sylvia, it was the perfect place where she could explore. Apart from the apple orchards and grapevines, she had even traveled around a pond and a stream. Her zeal for science was eminent at an early age especially when she investigated the family’ s pond with patience. At that tender age, she had no clue about the existence of the terminology “ research. ” Yet by keeping a note all her observations in the pond was, in fact, the first step towards research.
She used to fill her notebook with the behavior and eating pattern of the animals. Her investigation went beyond taking notes. She even collected specimens of plants and animals that were found around the pond (White, 11-13). The decision to move to Florida by Sylvia’ s father was another turning point for her. Initially, she never wanted to go and this was evident when she had said in her interviews that: “ I didn’ t want to move at Sylvia had recalled.
“ The woods, the pond, and fields were part of what I regarded as me. ” The bright, blue, and calm ocean of Florida thrilled her very much and according to Sylvia’ s mother “ that’ s when she lost her heart to the water. ” She was deeply inspired by her favorite author William Beebe who in his book Half Mile Down had described the wonderful world beneath the sea. Sylvia had always craved to see the creatures described by Beebe (Baker, 13-16). Sylvia was an excellent student and she has given credit for her educational pursuits to her aunt, Helen Richie.
Her aunt has in fact been the inspirational force for her (Haley-Oliphant, 141). Sylvia Earle had entered St. Petersburg Junior College to earn an associate’ s degree. After that when she had transferred to Florida State University she had proved through hard work and passion her devotion towards marine science. In 1955 she had achieved her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. After the completion of her graduation, she enrolled at the University of Duke in North Carolina order to do her master’ s and doctorate.
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