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Helen Caldicott

Widely regarded as one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr. Helen Caldicott has devoted the last 30 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 written for numerous publications and has authored several books exploring nuclear and environmental issues, the most recent of which is entitled The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex (2002, New Press.) A revised edition of this book, forthcoming from The New Press in 2004, will include a new introduction that outlines the costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and details the companies profiting from the war and subsequent reconstruction. Her other book titles include Nuclear Madness (1979), Missile Envy (1984, Bantam), If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth (1992, W.W. Norton) and A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography (1996, W.W. Norton; published as A Passionate Life in Australia by Random House).

She also has been the subject of several documentary films, including Eight Minutes to Midnight, nominated for an Academy Award in 1982, and If You Love This Planet, which won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1983.

She divides her time between Australia and the United States.

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2003 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize