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Caldicott, Helen Mary (1938- )


Harvey, K, Caldicott, Helen Mary (1938- ), Opposition to war: An encyclopedia of U.S. peace and antiwar movements, MK Hall (ed), Santa Barbara, 1, pp. 102-103 (2018) [Entry]

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Helen Caldicott is an Australian-born physician, author, antinuclear activist, and founder of Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Born Helen Broinowski in Melbourne, Victoria, she studied medicine and surgery at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1961. The following year she manied William Caldicott. Alongside a promising medical career, Helen Caldicott soon developed a strong opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weapons. In 1972, she became active in the movement against French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, giving voice to longstanding concerns about the dangers of radioactive fallout that she had developed since reading Neville Shute's On The Beach (1957), a novel about the aftermath of a nuclear war set in Caldicott's hometown of Melbourne.

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Item Type:Entry
Keywords:peace movement, nuclear weapons, feminism
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:North American history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding the past of the Americas
UTAS Author:Harvey, K (Dr Kyle Harvey)
ID Code:127461
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-07-30
Last Modified:2018-07-30

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