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Happy 80th birthday Graeme Clark

December 2, 2015

Professor Graeme Clark AC and wife Margaret with children and teachers from Mount View Primary School

The Eye and Ear held a special event to celebrate the 80th birthday of Professor Graeme Clark AC, and his long association with the hospital.

It was at the Eye and Ear that Professor Clark carried out the world’s first cochlear implant operation on Rod Saunders in 1978, and that successful operation was the catalyst for the development of the bionic ear. Subsequently the Eye and Ear opened the first publicly-funded Cochlear Implant Clinic, with a team of surgeons, audiologists and speech pathologists.

The highlight of the evening was a children’s choir from Mount View Primary School singing a special version of happy birthday.