Dr. Helen Caldicott
Founder and President, Nuclear Policy Research Institute
Dr. Helen Caldicott is one of the world's leading anti-nuclear activists. She was born in Australia and was one of the few women to attend the Medical School at the University of Adelaide. Dr. Caldicott worked for many years treating children with cystic fibrosis. While she was a pediatrician she realized the horrific effects radiation could have in unsafe amounts and she decided to do something about it.
She started her work on nuclear issues by starting a movement against the French nuclear testing in Australia and the South Pacific. She was so persistent she changed policy in Australia. For the next ten years she was in America leading a massive anti-nuclear awareness campaign. She was invited all over the world to discuss medical effects of nuclear war and because of all of her activism over 30,000 doctors worldwide had joined her campaign. She founded The Physicians for Social Responsibility and Women?s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND).
Dr. Caldicott is the recipient of many awards and acknowledgments including the Nobel Peace Prize, Peace Medal Award (United Nations Association of Australia), Integrity Award, Peace Award, SANE Peace Award and Gandhi Peace Prize. She is the author of numerous books including Missile Envy, Nuclear Madness, A Plan to Heal the Earth and her autobiography, A Desperate Passion. Today Dr. Caldicott is the president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and is as strong as ever in her mission for peace and anti-nuclear awareness.