Graeme Clark: The man who invented the bionic ear

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by Mark Worthing

Synopsis: The story of the man behind one of the truly great inventions of the late 20th century: the cochlear implant which has brought the gift of hearing to thousands of children and adults around the world.

As a young man, Graeme Clark read about Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie and other great scientists, little knowing that one day he would join their ranks. After watching his father struggle with hearing problems, Graeme knew he wanted to find a solution to deafness.

Graeme became a surgeon, and his quiet persistence and methodical approach yielded results that fulfilled his childhood dream. Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people have now received the gift of hearing from the cochlear implant he developed. The first major medical ‘bionic’ implant technology, it has transformed the everyday lives of people who are profoundly deaf. Throughout his career, his belief that the impossible could be achieved, his strong family support and his Christian faith have sustained him through many obstacles, and helped him overcome resistance to his ideas from people who doubted them.

This new biography tells the inspiring story of Graeme’s life, and the triumphs and the setbacks behind the invention of the bionic ear.

Published: August 2015 | ISBN: 9781760113155

Mini-bio: Graeme Clark is an Australian doctor. He was a key figure in the research and development of the Bionic Ear – a multiple-channel cochlear implant. Wikipedia

Mini-bio: Mark Worthing is a historian of science and a senior researcher with Lutheran Education Australia, Adelaide. – Allen & Unwin bio

Good Reading Magazine Interviews Author

Sydney Morning Herald Book Review
The Australian Book Review

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