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Professor Graeme Clark wins prestigious science award

September 17, 2013

Professor Graeme Clark wins prestigious science award

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital would like to congratulate Professor Graeme Clark, AC who was this week announced as the joint winner of the Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research.

One of the most highly respected science prizes in the world, the Lasker Awards recognise individuals who have made major contributions to medical science.

The award is recognition of Professor Clark’s lead role in developing the bionic ear. Professor Clark performed the world’s first cochlear implant operation at the Eye and Ear in 1978, paving the way for the development of the bionic ear, which has restored hearing to thousands of people across the world.

Professor Clark shares the award with Ingeborg Hochmair from Austria and Blake Wilson from the United States, who were also working on independent bionic ear projects.

The awards ceremony will be held in New York on 20 September.

To find out what inspired Professor Clark to develop the bionic ear prototype, watch the video at theage.com.au