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Graeme Clark : The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear - Mark Worthing

Graeme Clark

The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear

Paperback Published: 29th July 2015
ISBN: 9781760113155
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

About the Author

Mark Worthing is a historian of science and a senior researcher with Lutheran Education Australia, Adelaide

Industry Reviews

What Mark Worthing does is bring home the effect of the implants on people's lives * The Saturday Age *
[A] Ringing tribute to dedication... Science historian Mark Worthing delves far back into Clark's childhood, exploring the factors that motivated this vision and the personal attributes that helped him achieve it. -- John Ross * Weekend Australian *
An interesting and sometimes moving biography of a fascinating scientific pioneer who helped to bring hearing to the profoundly deaf. -- Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Nobel Laureate

Graeme Clark


I bought this book because I have a cochlear implant and it was so nice to read his book and wondering how it work and how it got involve

Melbourne Australia!


Graeme Clark

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Foreword by Li Cunxin..Introduction: An (extra)ordinary couple..1 Tears of joy..2 Childhood in Camden..3 'When I grow up, I'm going to fix ears'..4 Boarding school in Sydney..5 Brains, bones and exams..6 Student Christian Movement..7 Margaret..8 UK studies..9 Ship's surgeon and Cairo castaway..10 Resettling in Australia..11 Australia's youngest professor of medicine..12 Reginald Ansett and the Channel 10 telethons..13 Imagining the impossible..14 'That clown, Clark'..15 Assembling the team..16 The gold box..17 Life at Eltham and Kiama..18 Study leave in England 1975-76..19 A day at the beach..20 The race to code speech..21 1 August 1978: The birth of bionics..22 More surgeries and the first failures..23 The faith of a scientist..24 Federal funding at last..25 The bionic ear hits the market..26 Implants for children..27 Even children born deaf shall hear..28 The signing Deaf community..29 The Bionic Ear Institute and the future of bionics..30 Success and sadness at millennium's turn..31 'Retirement'..Epilogue: 'Professor Clark, that kiss belongs to you!'..Appendix 1: Recognitions and awards..Appendix 2: Scientific innovations..Appendix 3: Selected publications..Acknowledgements..Notes..Index

ISBN: 9781760113155
ISBN-10: 1760113158
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 29th July 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36

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