Professor Graeme Clark

Professor Graeme Clark

Professor Graeme Clark was born in Australia in 1934. In middle school he was a very keen athlete especially in cricket as a batsman. When Graeme was a young boy his father went deaf which inspired him to want to help deaf people.

This is where he was inspired and has had this dream since the age of 10 years due to his experiences with his deaf father. To achieve his goal he left a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat practice in Melbourne in 1966 to study at the University of Sydney how the brain would respond to electrical stimulation for coding sound. He had the opportunity to continue this research when appointed as the Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat surgery) at the University of Melbourne.

This was the first chair in Australia’s, and at 34 years of age Graeme was the youngest clinical professor in the country. He raised small amounts of money by speaking at luncheons organized by Rotary, Lions and Apex. Sir Reginald Ansett gave him his first large donation of $2000 to help his research.

Early Life

He studied medicine at the University of Sydney; graduating MBBS with honours in 1957. In 1961 he arrived in Scotland to do further study and in the next year was awarded the Fellowship of the College. He then went to London to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. Returning to Australia in 1967 he became a partner in an Ear Nose and Throat practice in Melbourne. It was in that year that he started his original research into cochlear implants. He moved to Sydney and began research at the University of Sydney for the development of the bionic ear.

In 1970 Graeme Clark led the committee that established the Deafness Foundation of Victoria. This brought together all the schools and other people involved in the management of deaf children and adult

Major Scientific Works

Graeme Clark pioneered the development of the Bionic ear for deaf children and adults.

Professor Graeme Clark along with his team discovered for the first time that nerve cells in the inner ear can be made to respond back into the inner ear. They also discovered that nearly normal sound could be reproduced by sending fine patterns of nerve fibres through to the inner ear. His early research met much opposition from most scientists who said that it was impossible to reproduce the sound made by the brain with a small number of electrode wires in the inner ear, and that it could be dangerous.

In 1982 Graeme Clark led the surgical team at The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital that implanted the first Cochlear Pty Limited Bionic Ear in six patients to see whether the industrially developed system would reproduce the results achieved by the University of Melbourne team

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jessie, posted this comment on May 8th, 2007

i want to know Professor Graeme Clark’s height and what hospital he was born at

kayla, posted this comment on Jun 4th, 2007

same here i need to no actually for an assiment

Dennis, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2007

I also need to know as I am doing an assignment too.

Romany, posted this comment on Sep 11th, 2007

what was his contribution to society? simplify it for me!!

Travis, posted this comment on Oct 27th, 2007

what other science investigations has he done

Paige, posted this comment on Feb 2nd, 2008

I’m doing a Science Assignment on you. Is there anything I need to
know about you other than you were born in Australia in 1934, live in Australia,in middle school you were a keen athlete mostly in cricket as a batsman,you were inspired to make a Coacular Implant when your dad became deaf,and have won many awards?Thank you so much you made it so my sister could hear.

A.C., posted this comment on Feb 18th, 2008

is there any chance someone could post a little more info on the actual cochlear implant and what it like is made of and how it works and just general stuff. plz. thnx a.c.

Kristi, posted this comment on Feb 18th, 2008

My child has a cochlear implant. I would recommend you visit cochlear.com where there is a lot of information of how the cochlear implant works. I can tell you from our experience that it is miraculous to see how she can hear. Without it, she can hear something REALLY loud, like a rock concert, like it would be a whisper. With it, I can whisper to her and she can hear it like a whisper. We are very blessed to have this technology. With it, she attends a regular hearing-people school, has friends who do not know sign language, and can talk to her friends and family on the phone. Good luck!

Lara, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2008

Thanks, bionicear.org/mhg etc.etc. is a good site. I got most if not all my info on the implant from there and i agree. This is where i got most about graeme clark. So thanks Connor :)

me, posted this comment on Mar 11th, 2008

what kind of scientist is he i need to know for a project

Johanna, posted this comment on Mar 19th, 2008

he was born in 1935 not 1934 and i want to know who his kids are

hcghsjgciqwjhcw, posted this comment on Mar 31st, 2008

I need to write a brief background on Graeme and i don’t know how. >__

who knows, posted this comment on Apr 2nd, 2008

i need his job for an assingment

chapman, posted this comment on Apr 10th, 2008

i need to know
who is professor graeme clark married to?
i need it for an assignment

Roberdoger©, posted this comment on May 12th, 2008

Im Robbie & i need help wit my test about Graeme.

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Mt Creek (robbie), posted this comment on May 12th, 2008

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Nooberize, posted this comment on Jun 3rd, 2008

Profesor Graeme clarkmis more cool than Mt Creek

Derek Teng, posted this comment on Jun 3rd, 2008

Didn’t he studied medicine at the University of Sydney; graduating MBBS with honours in 1957?
Is Prof. Graeme Clark gay?? I read it somewhere….

hyttr, posted this comment on Jun 11th, 2008

tytry

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somebody, posted this comment on Jun 12th, 2008

thanks 4 da info i wouldve failed if i didnt hand it in, i really liked it
Thanks!!!

Bri, posted this comment on Jul 11th, 2008

I want to know what actions led to the invention of the bionic ear or cochlear implant. not just that he wanted to do this for his deaf father.

Na, posted this comment on Jul 13th, 2008

What actions led to this invention

georgia, posted this comment on Aug 26th, 2008

i want to now why he wanted to become a scientist because i reacon he is sexy

megg, posted this comment on Aug 26th, 2008

i realy want to marry him because he is sooooo hot and sexy

Bridget, posted this comment on Sep 4th, 2008

I am doing an assignment on you and i need to know have you got any kids

denni, posted this comment on Nov 3rd, 2008

cool have you got any kids? and what is your wifes name

xtreme pig 1, posted this comment on Nov 10th, 2008

lol

moi, posted this comment on Feb 15th, 2009

ineed to know more about his backround for a science assignment.

lalala, posted this comment on Feb 21st, 2009

cosy mcfosy?

flamboyant, posted this comment on Feb 21st, 2009

flamboyancy

lalala, posted this comment on Feb 21st, 2009

yea…… NO!

911, posted this comment on Feb 22nd, 2009

MrsDalek, posted this comment on Mar 16th, 2009

Wow, he is a successful man!!! Does anyone know where i can get Sounds From Silence from (Graeme Clark’s book)?

luke powell, posted this comment on Mar 25th, 2009

wow dawg omg

luke powell, posted this comment on Apr 1st, 2009

im a loser and i have no life

LUKE POWELL, posted this comment on Apr 1st, 2009

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fluroundies!, posted this comment on May 10th, 2009

i need 2 know if you have kids or some relative person

please tell me i need it for an a assingment

emillie, posted this comment on May 14th, 2009

thank for imformation that all what i got and cochlear implant is my part research at moment

good, posted this comment on May 30th, 2009

good

lol, posted this comment on May 31st, 2009

Chelsey, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2010

Is Professor Clark’s middle name Melbourne or Milbourne? What is his wife and childrens names?

connie, posted this comment on Mar 2nd, 2010

i am doing a projest ont the professor so please let me know anything!! my email is connieduan1228@hotmail.com

Dahotty, posted this comment on Mar 13th, 2010

I’m doing a science assessment and i need help some websites say you were born in 1935 some say in 1934 so which one is it and i also need to no where you were born

Thank you!

:)

rachel, posted this comment on Mar 18th, 2010

I’m doing an assessment and I need to know what technology he used and his social and ethical pressures on his research and discoveries.

Rocox, posted this comment on Mar 19th, 2010

This is awesome infomation!!!

Taz, posted this comment on Mar 29th, 2010

FINALLY SCIENCE ASSIGNMENT DONE :) ……THNX….ummm….btw y is there a place 2 comment ?? ….anyways..

TYLER HAYNES, posted this comment on Apr 28th, 2010

I REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILDHOOD AND EARLYEDUCATION WAS LIKE FOR A SCHOOL PROJECT.

joker, posted this comment on May 10th, 2010

doin an assesment on him and it is so boring

Skuxx Ghee ♥, posted this comment on May 12th, 2010

Uhm ; what year was he born ; and what year did he pass ? :/ Sose assiqhnment

Skuxx Ghee ♥, posted this comment on May 13th, 2010

:D Who wrote this gois ?

joshua, posted this comment on Jun 21st, 2010

Professor Graeme Clark was born and raised in camden 16th Augest 1935

me, posted this comment on Aug 17th, 2010

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Toni Leijte, posted this comment on Sep 19th, 2010

I am a 87 year old lady in Cape Town South Africa and have had a cochlear implant since Nov.2008. I am eternally grateful to Prof Clarke.I would so much like to buy his book Sounds of Silence.Does anyone know how to procure it? My email address is aleijte@mweb.co.za.,My name Toni Leijte.

Joshua Leunig, posted this comment on Sep 29th, 2010

Joshua Leunig,

I’m doing a oral presentation on Clark and I realy like his work. I’ve got a boy in my class with hearing problems and I’m not sure if he has a cochlear implant or not but he finds it really hard to remember to use it and I think he does realy well with it, because he’s only 10 years old. I’m in year 5.

Thank you for the imformation

Tegs, posted this comment on Jan 24th, 2011

BORING!!!!! anyway any one know where he was born?

hturytuu, posted this comment on Feb 5th, 2011

Camden

hello, posted this comment on Apr 6th, 2011

he went to my school

Gemma, posted this comment on May 12th, 2011

i need more info on this about your childhood for an assignment

Brynne Edlestyn, posted this comment on May 30th, 2011

pooey

Brian, posted this comment on Oct 19th, 2011

This is my scientist homework.

Why do you want to know?, posted this comment on May 6th, 2012

I like trains…

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