150+ Canadians Day 137: Dr Alex Bryans

Dr. Alex Bryans contributed to peace by working for the abolition of nuclear weapons. #Canada150

Dr. Alex Bryans (died 2009) was a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He was active in Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and founded Physicians for Global Survival, whose goals, in addition to the abolition of nuclear weapons, include the prevention of war, non-violent conflict resolution, social justice, and a sustainable world.

Dr. Bryans travelled widely to Russia, several African countries, Japan, and across Canada, writing and speaking in favour of the abolition of nuclear weapons. He testified to Parliamentary committees. The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, with which he was affiliated, received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

Dr. Bryans was also a painter, often depicting scenes reflecting his belief in peaceful conflict resolution.

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