Helen Caldicott


Helen Caldicott : biography

7 August 1938 –

In May 2003, Caldicott gave a lecture entitled "The New Nuclear Threat" at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series.

A 2004 documentary film, ‘Helen’s War: portrait of a dissident’, provides a look into Dr. Caldicott’s life through the eyes of her niece, filmmaker Anna Broinowski.

Caldicott currently splits her time between the United States and Australia and continues to lecture widely to promote her views on nuclear energy use, including weapons and power. She has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. She was awarded the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2003, and in 2006, the Peace Organisation of Australia presented her with the inaugural Australian Peace Prize "for her longstanding commitment to raising awareness about the medical and environmental hazards of the nuclear age". The Smithsonian Institution has named Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th century.; Cape Cod Today; 28 March 2012 She is a member of the scientific committee of the , a progressive think tank in Spain.

A fully revised and updated edition of her 1992 book "If You Love This Planet" was published by W.W. Norton in September 2009.

Helen Caldicott is featured along with foreign affairs experts, space security activists and military officials in interviews in Denis Delestrac’s 2010 feature documentary "Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space".

Dr. Caldicott spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Faulkner Gallery in Santa Barbara on Friday 23 March 2012 on "The Medical Implications of Fukushima, Nuclear Power and Nuclear Proliferation".

Australian politics

Caldicott also tried to enter the Australian Senate in 1991 and attempted to win Democrat support to replace New South Wales Senator Paul McLean, who had recently resigned. However, the party selected Karin Sowada to take the position.