• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4391

Caldicott, Helen Mary

(1938 – )
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 7 August, 1938, Melbourne Victoria Australia
  • Occupation Medical practitioner, Nuclear disarmament activist


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 Responsibility’, 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.

Published resources

  • Resource
  • Edited Book
    • Australian Feminism: A Companion, Caine, Barbara, Gatens, Moira et al., 1998
  • Book
    • A passionate life, Caldicott, Helen, 1996
    • Nuclear power is not the answer to global warming or anything else, Caldicott, Helen, 2006
    • Missile envy: the arms race and nuclear war, Caldicott, Helen, 1985
    • If you love this planet: a plan to heal the earth, Caldicott, Helen, 1992

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Helen Caldicott, Dr., anti-nuclear activist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Helen Caldicott interviewed by Sara Dowse [sound recording]

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