Erich Geiringer

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Erich Geiringer
Vienna, Austria
New Zealand
OccupationMedical education
Known forFounder of the New Zealand Medical Association, anti-nuclear and pro-abortion advocacy

Erich Geiringer (31 January 1917 – 25 August 1995) was a New Zealand writer, publisher, broadcaster, Fulbright scholar 1953, a leading member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and the founder of the New Zealand Medical Association. George Salmond described him in a memorial tribute as, 'one of the most significant public health figures in New Zealand in the last half century'.[1]

Born in Vienna in 1917, Geiringer escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to Belgium and later the United Kingdom, attending medical school in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He gained a PhD in adreno-cortal transplantation from the University of Edinburgh in 1954.[2] In New Zealand he became a researcher at Otago Medical School in the 1960s.[3] In the same period his pamphlets on advocating cervical smears were banned by a University for, 'being obscene'. According to The Independent he dragged New Zealand medicine into the modern world. He was the founder of the New Zealand Medical Association.[4] Geiringer held a radical stance in the pro-abortion lobby, campaigning in the early 1970s for solidarity with jailed abortionists.[5]

Geiringer was the author of a book on Nuclear Disarmament entitled, Malice in Blunderland.[6] He was instrumental in the IPPNW's campaign in seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice questioning the legality of nuclear weapons.[7] He died the very same year in which the IPPNW finally managed to gain a hearing at the International Court of Justice.[8]

Erich Geiringer died in Wellington on 25 August 1995, and is survived by his wife Carol, his daughter Claudia and his sons Karl and Felix.[9]


  1. ^ George Galloway (August 1995). "Tribute to Erich Geiringer (1917-1995)" (PDF). Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ Geiringer, E. (1954), Adreno-cortical homo-transplantation as a method of endocrine research
  3. ^ "Portrait of Dr Erich Geiringer, 1974". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Spiegl, Fritz (7 September 1995). "Obituary: Dr Erich Geiringer". The Independent.
  5. ^ Redmer, Yska (13 March 2014). "Flo Never Said No". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  6. ^ Geiringer, Erich (1985). Malice in Blunderland: An Anti-Nuclear Primer. Benton Ross. ISBN 978-0908636037.
  7. ^ "A brief history of IPPNW (NZ)". International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Archived May 4 2013.
  8. ^ Pat Craig (20 December 1995). "Erich Geiringer 1917 - 1995". Medicine and War. 12 (2): 188. doi:10.1080/13623699608409279.
  9. ^ Adam Dudding (2012-08-05). "More than a lawman". Sunday Star Times.

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