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Caldicott, Helen Mary (1938 - )

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Paediatrician, Writer and Activist
Born: 7 August 1938  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Helen Mary 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 Highlights
Alternative Names: Broinowski, Helen Mary (maiden name)

1961Resident Medical Officer at Royal Adelaide Hospital
1967 - 1968Research Fellow in the Nutrition Clinic at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, USA
1971 - 1972Initiated movement against French atmospheric tests in the Pacific Ocean
1972Intern at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
1973 - 1974Resident Medical Officer at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
1975 - 1976Founder/Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children's Hospital
1977 - 1980Instructor in Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School, USA
1977 - 1980Assistant in Medicine at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard, USA
1978 - 1983Founder and President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA
1980Margaret Mead Prize received from the Environment Defence Center
1980Co-leader of the Nuclear Freeze Voter Initiate Campaign
1980Founder of Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament
1980Humanist of the Year Award received from the Ethical Society of Boston
1980Resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war
1981Gandhi Peace Prize received
1982Led public New Zealand education campaign (with Dr William Caldicott) resulting in the official New Zealand nuclear-free policy
1985John-Roger Foundation Integrity Award received
1985United Nations Association for Australia Peace Medal Award received
1992Norman Cousins Award for Peacemaking from the Physicians for Social Responsibility
1993Louis Mumford Award received from the Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility
1994Distinguished Peace Leadership Award received from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
1995 - 1996Instructor at New School for Social Research, New York, USA
1998 - Patron of Parents Protecting Our Children Against Radiation in Lucas Heights, New South Wales
1999 - Founder and Secretary of Our Common Future Political Party
1999 - 2000President of the Star (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation
2001Laurie Chair in Women's Studies at Douglass College at Rutger University, USA


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Ailie Smith
Created: 11 February 2003
Modified: 6 December 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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