Helen Caldicott has achieved an international reputation as a tireless campaigner against nuclear power and weapons. Trained as a medical practitioner, she is acutely aware of the effects of radiation on living beings and on the environment. While living in the United States of America from 1977 to 1986, she formed the organisation called 'Physicians for Social Responsibilty', serving as its president from 1978 to 1983. In the belief that women had a special role to play in the peace movement, she established Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament in 1986 and became a full-time anti-nuclear activist. She addressed anti-nuclear and peace rallies in Australia and around the world and wrote a number of books on the topic of nuclear disarmament.
Helen Caldicott trained as a physician and went on to treat children afflicted with cystic fibrosis. During the early 1970s she played a major role in the Australian opposition to the French atmospheric tests in the Pacific. In 1978 Caldicott founded Physicians for Social Responsibility in the USA and has since founded and been a member of a number similar organisations. The recipient of many awards, she has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and has received honorary degrees from numerous universities.
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at Royal Adelaide Hospital
Career position - Research Fellow in the Nutrition Clinic at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, USA
Life event - Initiated movement against French atmospheric tests in the Pacific Ocean
Career position - Intern at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
Career position - Founder/Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
Career position - Assistant in Medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard, USA
Career position - Instructor in Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School, USA
Career position - Founder and President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA
Award - Margaret Mead Prize received from the Environment Defence Center
Award - Humanist of the Year Award received from the Ethical Society of Boston
Life event - Resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war
Career position - Co-leader of the Nuclear Freeze Voter Initiate Campaign
Career position - Founder of Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament
Award - Gandhi Peace Prize received
Career position - Led public New Zealand education campaign (with Dr William Caldicott) resulting in the official New Zealand nuclear-free policy
Award - United Nations Association for Australia Peace Medal Award received
Award - John-Roger Foundation Integrity Award received
Award - Norman Cousins Award for Peacemaking from the Physicians for Social Responsibility
Award - Louis Mumford Award received from the Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility
Award - Distinguished Peace Leadership Award received from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Career position - Instructor at New School for Social Research, New York, USA
Career position - Patron of Parents Protecting Our Children Against Radiation in Lucas Heights, New South Wales
Career position - Founder and Secretary of Our Common Future Political Party
Career position - President of the Star (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation
Career position - Laurie Chair in Women's Studies at Douglass College at Rutger University, USA
Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
If you love this planet: a plan to heal the earth
Published: W. W. Norton
Nuclear power is not the answer to global warming or anything else
Published: Melbourne University Press
Missile envy: the arms race and nuclear war
[Toronto ; Sydney:]
Published: Bantam Books
A passionate life
[Milsons Point, New South Wales]
Published: Random House Australia
Australian Feminism: A Companion
Published: Oxford University Press
Helen Caldicott interviewed by Sara Dowse [sound recording]
Series: National Library of Australia Oral History Collection
3 digital audio tapes (ca. 195 min.) Helen Caldicott speaks briefly about her south coast beach retreat; her thoughts on both Australia and the world; the dangers of uranium mining; nuclear energy; global warming; Rupert Murdoch; the ACTU's five-year ban on uranium mining; Hawke government (1983); her work in the US from 1978-87 leading to the nuclear weapons freeze; Pat Kingsley; her high profile in America but not in Australia; the media (1990); hostility she has felt; her book entitled 'Why Men Kill'; her perception of herself; her passion for medicine; the anti-nuclear movement; being 25 years since she last practised; missing the intellectual challenges of medicine, lecturing; the lost opportunity to get rid of nuclear weapons at the end of the Cold War; the current Bush administration's production of 500 new bombs each year; the Nuclear Policy Research Institute which she has set up; the book tours planned for it here and overseas; her personal life and determination in her anti-nuclear work.
ORAL TRC 5600
[Biographical cuttings on Helen Caldicott, Dr., anti-nuclear activist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room
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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Saturday 5 April 1941 p 17 Article
... CHARTERS. CALDICOTT ABROAD AGAIN MAJKSTIC. — -Crooks' Tours.' with Basil Radford as Charters ... thriller -The Case of the Frightened Lady, slaved by the lovely Penelope Dudley ward Helen Have, and Marius ...
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Tharunka (Kensington, NSW : 1953 - 2010) Tuesday 28 April 1981 p 17 Article Illustrated
... by Dr. HelenCaldicott, Jacaranda Press (1978) Reviewed by Ruth Hessey It often seems to me that ... Can Do by expatriot j Dr HelenCaldicott, a book which is sane, comprehensive | and comprehensible to ...
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The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Friday 1 December 1989 p 11 Article
... seat of North Sydney, Dr HelenCaldicott, has quit nmid accusations that the ALP was deliberately ... Caldicott quits as ALP candidate SYDNEY: The Labor Party's preselected candidate for the federal ...
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New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Thursday 10 March 1887 [Issue No.131 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 1727 Government Gazette Notices
... . W., hotel proprietor 4 Caldicott Mrs. 5 Calvert W. M., 151 Phillip-st. 6 Cameron & Boothby, 287 ... Macdonald Miss Helen 10 Macdonald Bonald, Broughton Creek 11 Macdonald J., Mullet Creek 12 Mackintosh R. J ...
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