Graeme Clark: The Story of the Inventor of the Bionic Ear
As a young man, Graeme Clark read the biographies of Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie, little knowing that one day he would join their ranks as one of the great scientists...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 everyday life for people with hearing difficulties...This is the inspiring life story of Australian surgeon Graeme Clark, and the story of the invention of the bionic ear. After watching his father struggling with hearing problems, Graeme Clark knew he wanted to find a solution to deafness. His quiet persistence and methodical approach yielded results that fulfilled his childhood dream. Throughout his career, his Christian faith has sustained him through many obstacles, and helped him overcome resistance to his ideas from people who doubted them.
'I found Mark Worthing's story of Graeme Clark moving and inspiring. It captures the spirit of a truly amazing man who changed the life of our daughter and of many thousands of others in the world.' - Li Cunxin, author of Mao's Last Dancer.
'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.
Mark Worthing is an historian of science and a Senior Researcher at the Australian Lutheran College in Adelaide.