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Helen Caldicott, MBBS Biography

Former President of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Anyone who has seen Al Gore’s extraordinary film An Inconvenient Truth will realise that the world must, urgently, stop burning fossil fuel…

We need politicians with knowledge, energy and courage who will move beyond the fossil fuel and nuclear eras. Is it possible to make that leap with available technology? Yes…

Tidal power, geothermal energy, cogeneration and biomass combined with conservation are some of the resources yet to be explored…

[F]or the first time in human history, all electricity can be generated by a combination of renewable carbon-free and nuclear-free technologies.”

“Fuel Plan Beset by Fossilised Thinking,” The Australian, July 25, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Nuclear Policy Research Institute, 2001-2008
  • President Emeritus, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1983-present
  • Recipient, Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom, 2003
  • Laurie Chair in Womens Studies, Douglass College, Rutgers University, February-May, 2001
  • President, Standing For Truth About Radiation (STAR), 1999-2000
  • Instructor, New School for Social Research, 1995-1996
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Rutgers University, 1990
  • Recipient, United Nations Association for Australia Peace Medal Award, 1985
  • Recipient, American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Award, 1984
  • Co-founder and President, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1978-1983
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Notre Dame, 1983
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Massachusetts, 1983
  • Assistant in Medicine, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1977-1980
  • Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 1977-1978
  • Founder and Director, Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Adelaide Children’s Hospital, 1975-1976
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – equivalent to the North American MD), Adelaide Medical School (South Australia), 1961
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Has been the subject of several films, including Eight Minutes to Midnight, nominated for an Academy Award in 1981, If You Love This Planet, which won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1982, and Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident, recipient of the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Direction (Documentary) 2004, and the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Documentary
  • Represented by the Du Plain Speakers Bureau for speaking engagements
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?