The NFSA congratulates Laureate Emeritus Professor Graeme Clark AC on his receipt of the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.
Professor Clark is the central figure in the research and development of the bionic ear – a multiple-channel cochlear implant. His journey to develop an electronic solution to assist the hearing impaired through the study of auditory brain function has taken a lifetime of commitment.
Professor Clark initially found it difficult to get support for his idea and so turned to the media of the 20th and 21st Century – film and television – for help. Documentaries and telethons were produced, and interviews conducted to assist the advancement of this cause.