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Helen Caldicott

AKA Helen Mary Broinowski Caldicott

Born: 7-Aug-1938
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gender: Female
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Doctor

Nationality: Australia
Executive summary: Anti-nuclear crusader

Australian pediatrician Helen Caldicott is a long-time activist against nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and the use of "depleted" but still dangerously radioactive uranium in weapons. She served as President of Physicians for Social Responsibility from 1978-83, then left that group when she came to be perceived as more radical than many of its members. She has said that her initial interest in disarmament came after reading Nevil Shute's apocalyptic novel On the Beach in her early teens.

Father: Theo Philip Broinowski (factory manager, b. 1910)
Mother: Mary Mona Enyd Coffey Broinowski (interior designer, b. 1911, d. 1969)
Son: Susan Broinowski (psychologist)
Brother: Richard Broinowski (diplomat)
Husband: William Caldicott (physician, m. circa 1962, sep. 1988, three children)
Daughter: Penelope Mary Caldicott (physician)
Son: Philip Caldicott
Son: William Caldicott, Jr.

    High School: Fintona Girls School, Balwyn, Australia
    University: MD, University of Adelaide (1951)
    Teacher: Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School (1977-78)
    Teacher: New School for Social Research (1995-96)
    Teacher: Women's Studies, Rutgers University (2001-02)

    Humanist of the Year 1982
    Thomas Merton Award 1979
    Physicians for Social Responsibility President (1978-83)
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Irish Ancestry
    Polish Ancestry

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Author of books:
Nuclear Madness (1979)
Missile Envy (1985)
If You Love This Planet (1992)
A Desperate Passion (1996, autobiography)
Metal of Dishonor: How Depleted Uranium Penetrates Steel, Radiates People and Contaminates the Environment (1997)
The New Nuclear Danger (2002)
Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer (2006)
War In Heaven (2007, with Craig Eisendrath)

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