Curriculum Vitae

Education M.B., B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
Adelaide Medical School, South Australia, 1961
Training Residency: Adelaide Children’s Hospital, 1973-1974
Internships: Adelaide Children’s Hospital, 1972;
Royal Adelaide Hospital, 1961
Fellowship Research Fellow, Nutrition Clinic, Children’s Hospital
Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 1967-1968
Founder and Director, Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Adelaide Children’s Hospital, 1975-1976
Assistant in Medicine, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Harvard, 1977-1980
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 1977-1978
Instructor, New School for Social Research, New York, 1995-1996
Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies, Douglass College, Rutgers University, February-May, 2001
Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Pediatrics
Member, American Thoracic Society
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics
Medical and
Nuclear Education/
Public Advocacy
United States
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
– Founder and President, 1978-1983
– President Emeritus, 1983-Present
Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND)
– Founder, 1980
Nuclear Freeze Voter Initiative Campaign, 1980
– Co-Leader
STAR (Standing For Truth About Radiation) Foundation
– Co-Founder, 1997
– President, 1999-2000
Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI*&)
– Founder, 2003
– President, 2003-2006 (* now Beyond Nuclear)
The Helen Caldicott Foundation
– Founder, 2010

Australia and New Zealand
Initiated movement against French atmospheric tests, 1971-72

Led education campaign among Australian labor unions about medical and military dangers or uranium mining, 1975-1976

Led public New Zealand education campaign, with Dr. William Caldicott, resulting in the official New Zealand nuclear-free policy, 1982

Founded Green Labor, a new section within Australian Labor Party, 1988

Ran as Independent Candidate for Australian Federal Parliament, 1990

Founding Patron, Parents Protecting Our Children Against Radiation, Lucas Heights, NSW, 1998

Founder, Our Common Future Party (OCF), Australia 2000

Member of American Friends Service Committee delegation which met with Soviet physicians and scientists on the medical consequences of nuclear power and nuclear war; also met with high-ranking Soviet officials to discuss terms of Salt II Treaty, 1979

Helped organize English, Scottish, West German, Dutch, Belgian, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian medical campaigns for prevention of nuclear war, 1980

Speeches/Presentations Special Meetings
Joint presentation with Dr. Carl Sagan before sixty members of the US Senate, 1985

Addressed UN Staff Committee for Nuclear Disarmament, 1985

Testified before Australian Federal Senate Special Committee, 1998

Personal meetings with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; Former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, George Kennan; Soviet Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Dobrynin; and President Ronald Reagan, 1982-1983

Briefing with the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapeteros, January 2008

Member, International Science Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

Conferences/Presentations (Selected List)
National Women’s Political Caucus, Address, 1979
American Society of Civil Engineers, Keynote Address, 1980
American Medical Students Associations, Keynote Address, 1980
American Association for the Advance of Science, 1980
Gulf Coast Council on Foreign Relations, 1981
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Keynote Address 1982
June 12 Disarmament Rally in New York City, 1982
Women’s National Democratic Club, 1982
American Academy of Pediatrics, Keynote Address 1982
American Academy of Family Physicians, Keynote Address, 1982
National Freeze Campaign, Closing Address, Annual Conference, 1983
National Press Club, Luncheon Address, 1983
National Association of Newspaper Editors, Debate, 1983
World Council of Churches 60th Assembly, Opening Plenary Address, 1983
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Convention 1984
International Association of Social Workers, Speaker 1984
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Keynote Address, 1984
University of Toronto, Jacob Bronowski Memorial Lecture Series, 1984
International Women’s Conferences, Los Angeles, Moscow, Dublin, Keynote Speaker, 1984
National Women’s Conference on Preventing Nuclear War, Washington, D.C. 1984
Stanford University, McCormick Lecture,1984
Featured Speaker at major events throughout the United States on behalf of WAND, 1985-2002
EcoPolitics Conference, Keynote Speaker, Sydney, 1991
Rio Earth Summit Conference, Address, 1992
World Affairs Conference, Boulder, Colorado, Opening Speaker, 1994
National Coalition of Girls Schools Annual Meeting, Guest Speaker, Farmington, Connecticut, 1997
New Zealand College of Family Practitioners, Keynote Address, 1997
Rutgers University, Shaping a Life Series, Guest Speaker, 1997 and 1998
University of Oregon, Guest Speaker, 1997
Oregon Health Sciences University, Guest Speaker, 1997
Los Angeles Public Library, The Big Questions Series, Guest Speaker, 1997
Presbyterian Church, Investigation into Nuclear Power Conference, Santa Fe, 1997
Vermont Law School, Guest Speaker, 1998
Cleveland (Ohio) City Club, Guest Speaker, 1998
Symposium on Effects of Low-level Radiation, New York Academy of Medicine, Principal Convenor and Speaker, 1998
Brainstorm 2002: the FORTUNE editors’ invitational, Aspen, Colorado, Panel Expert, 2002
The Fontainebleau Symposium – On Innovation and Society INSEAD, Fontainebleau – France, Guest Speaker, 2002
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, Guest Speaker, 2002
Wallace Stegner Center Symposium, The Nuclear West: Legacy and Future, Salt Lake City, Utah, Guest Speaker, 2003
Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Symposium on the Health Effects of Depleted Uranium Munitions, New York Academy of Medicine, Principal Convenor and Speaker, 2003
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Plutonium Futures – The Science 2003, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Guest Speaker, 2003
Strategies for a World Without Nuclear Option, Linz, Austria, Keynote speaker, November 2003
Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Symposium: Three Minutes to Midnight: The Impending Threat of Nuclear War, Omni-Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC, Principal Convenor and Speaker, 2004
IPPNW International Congress, Berlin, Germany, Keynote Speaker, May 2004
The Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, Luncheon Speaker, September 2004
Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Symposium: Nuclear Power and Children’s Health, Chicago, IL, Principal Convenor and Speaker, October 2004
Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Symposium: Full Spectrum Dominance, Airlie House, Warrenton, VA, Principal Convenor and Speaker, May 2005
Next Generation, Marin County, CA, Keynote Speaker, 2005
Non-proliferation and disarmament: The Way Forward, Boston, MA, Keynote Speaker, 2005
Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Symposium: Nuclear Power and Global Warming, Airlie House, Warrenton, VA, Principal Convenor and Speaker, 2005
Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Lecturer, 2006
The New School, New York, NY, Lecturer, 2006
Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne, Australia, Speaker, February 2008
Community Development and Ecology Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Speaker, 2008
Conference, “Prescriptions for Survival: The Physician in the Global Village – Exploring the Connections between Health, War and the Environment,” Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lecturer, 2008
Dr. T.J. Murray Visiting Lecture Series, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Speaker, 2008
Insight Speaker Series lecture, Victoria, British Columbia, 2008
Business Council of South Australia, Lecturer, 2009
Educational lecture series before the Vermont State Legislature and public meetings in Burlington, Montpelier and Brattleboro, Vermont, Speaker, 2009
Powershift Conference, Sydney, Australia, Lecturer, 2009
Ormond College, University of Melbourne, Ormond Scott Fellow in Residence, Australia, 2009
Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California, Commencement Speaker and honorary degree, 2010
Australian Medical Students Association National Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, Opening Address, July 2010
National Peacemaker Award, Houston Texas, November 2010
Conference, The Nuclear Danger: Nuclear War and Nuclear Power; Montréal, Canada, Speaker, March 2011
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War conference, Timebomb Nuclear Power: 25 Years after Chernobyl, Berlin, Germany, Opening Plenary Lecturer, 2011
University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, Florida, Dean’s Lecture, 2011
International Convention of Environmental Laureates, Freiburg, Germany, Speaker, 2012
Green Festival, New York City, Speaker, 2012
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, New York, NY, Speaker, 2012
Keynote speaker and organizer, The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, a two-day symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine, 2013
Keynote speaker and organizer, The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, a two-day symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine, 2015
Human Rights, Future Generations and Nuclear Crimes, a three-day Congress at the University Of Basel, Germany, 2017

Numerous commencement addresses, including Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard University School of Public Health, Williams College, Smith College, Washington University School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Salem State College, Emmanuel College, Medical College of Pennsylvania, State University of New York at Binghamton, University of Massachusetts Medical School and University of California School of Medicine, Irvine
Select List
United Automobile Workers International Women’s Day Committee, Woman of the Year, 1973
Ethical Society of Boston, Humanist of the Year, 1980
Environmental Defense Center, Margaret Mead Award, 1980
Thomas Merton Society, Thomas Merton Prize for Peace, 1980
Promoting Enduring Peace, Gandhi Peace Prize, 1981
SANE Education Fund, SANE Peace Award, 1981
American Association of Humanist Psychology, Humanist of the Year, 1982
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Audubon “A” Award, 1982
Boston College, Woman of the Year Award, 1984
Massachusetts Bay Association of Writing Programs, Outstanding Writer, 1984
Brandeis University, Abraham L. Sacher Award, 1984
American Association of University Women, Peace Award, 1984
Massachusetts Psychology Association, Humanitarian Award, 1984
American Medical Women’s Association, Elizabeth Blackwell Award, 1984
United Nations Association for Australia, Peace Medal Award, 1985
Hofstra University, President’s Award, 1985
Physicians for Social Responsibility (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), Nobel Peace Prize, 1985
John Roger Foundation, Integrity Award, 1985
American Ethical Union, Elliott Black Award, 1986
Second Biennial Fate of the Earth Conference, Ansel Adams Award, 1984
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Norman Cousins Award for Peacemaking, 1992
Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, Louis Mumford Award, 1993
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, 1994
Lannan Foundation, The Prize for Cultural Freedom, 2003
Peace Organization of Australia, Australian Peace Prize, 2006
Nuclear-Free Future Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
John and Chara Haas Award for International Peace and Social Justice, 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award, Visionary Leaders, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2019
Selected List
Doctor of Humane Letters, Emmanuel College, Boston, 1980
Doctor of Humane Letters, Salem State College, Massachusetts, 1980
Doctor of Science, Williams College, 1980
Doctor of Letters, Westfield State College, 1981
Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia College, Chicago, 1982
Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Massachusetts, 1983
Doctor of Laws, University of Notre Dame, 1983
Doctor of Humane Letters, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1983
Doctor of Humane Letters, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1984
Doctor of Humane Letters, Antioch University, 1984
Doctor of Humane Letters, Russell Sage College, Troy, N.Y., 1986
Doctor of Laws, Northeastern University Law School, 1986
Doctor of Medicine, University of Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden, 1986
Doctor of Science, Rutgers University, 1990
Doctor of Laws, Smith College, 1990
Doctor of Laws, University of Guelph, 1991
Doctor of Humane Letters, Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1993
Doctor of Education, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2000
Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Victoria, Vancouver, 2000
Doctoris of honoris causa, University of Montreal, 2009
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2010
see also Books
Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do (Revised Edition), W.W. Norton, New York, 1979; revised edition 1994
Missile Envy, Bantam Books, New York, 1985
A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography, W.W. Norton, New York, 1996 (published in Australia as A Passionate Life, Random House, Sydney, 1996)
The New Nuclear Danger, George W. Bush’s Military Industrial Complex, The New Press, New York (U.S.), Scribe Publications, Melbourne (Australia), 2002, revised edition 2004
Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer, The New Press, New York (U.S., Canada, UK), Melbourne University Press (Australia and New Zealand), 2006
War In Heaven, with Craig Eisendrath, PhD, The New Press, New York (U.S., Canada, UK), 2007
If You Love This Planet, W.W. Norton, New York, 1992; revised edition 2009
Loving This Planet, The New Press, 2012
Crisis Without End, The New Press, 2014
Sleepwalking to Armageddon, The New Press, 2017
Miscellaneous Host, “If You Love This Planet,” one-hour weekly radio program (U.S., Canada and Australia) – 2008-2012
Host, “The New Nuclear Danger”, a six-part series for Pacifica Radio, 2004
Host, “Fair Dinkum”, one-hour weekly radio program on WBAI FM in New York City, 1995-1998
Founded a new political party in Australia called Our Common Future Party – 1999
Initiated a symposium in the U.S. Congress in March 1999 on Nuclear Y2K
Named one of the most important women of the 20th Century by Ladies Home Journal

Films see also Film
Featured in Eight Minutes to Midnight by Mary Benjamin, Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, 1981
If You Love This Planet by Terri Nash and the National Film Board of Canada, Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, 1982
In Our Hands by Action for Nuclear Disarmament 1982
The Crossroads of Time by Dick Bell, 1984
The Last Epidemic by Ian Thierman,
Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident by Anna Broinowski, Winner, Best Documentary (Dendy Award) 2004 Sydney Film Festival, Winner, Best Direction (Documentary) 2004 AFI Awards

Media Coverage
Numerous television and radio appearances in the U.S. and internationally, including The Today Show, RT America TV, Good Morning America, Fresh Air, ABC Nightline, The Montel Williams Show, the Faith Williams Show, Studs Terkel, 60 Minutes, Crossfire, Larry King Live, The Phil Donahue show and Donahue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Democracy Now!, Wolf Blitzer Reports, CNN, C-SPAN Book-TV and Reagan: The American Experience (PBS). In Australia, The Midday Show, Life Matters, Good Morning, Australia, and Margaret Throsby.

In print and on-line, featured in major newspapers, magazines and websites including The New York Times, The Washington Post,, The Guardian/UK, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Life Magazine, The Nation, Ladies Home Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Age, Women’s Weekly, and Ita.

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