Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
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The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental and nuclear crises, Dr. Helen Caldicott has devoted the last 25 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age, and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.
She has received many prizes and awards for her work, including 19 honorary doctoral degrees, and was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling–himself a Nobel Laureate. Ladies Home Journal, named Dr. Caldicott as one of the “100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century” (May 1999).
Dr Caldicott was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, specializing in cystic fibrosis, and on the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Mass., until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1975. She moved back to the United States in 1995. She lectured at the New School for Social Research on the Media, Global Politics and the Environment, and she hosted a weekly radio talk show on WBAI (Pacifica). Returning to Australia in 1998 she resumed the practice of medicine at the Sydney Childrens Hospital but in 1999 Dr. Caldicott she resigned to return to her responsibilities of global preventive medicine. She currently divides her time between the US and Australia where she lectures widely. She is also the Founder and President of the recently established Nuclear Policy Research Institute soon to be headquartered in Washington D.C.