Kevin Orrman-Rossiter reviews 'Graeme Clark' by Mark Worthing

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter reviews 'Graeme Clark' by Mark Worthing

Graeme Clark: The Man Who invented the bionic ear

by Mark Worthing

Allen & Unwin, $29.95 pb, 238 pp, 9781760113155

The story of Graeme Clark and the cochlear implant is often seen as the exception to the research trope lauding the brilliance of Australians at basic research but lamenting their ineptness commercialising these opportunities. This book is an adulatory story of Clark’s life.

Clark’s exceptional and driven journey is breathlessly related by Worthing. Graduating in medicine from the University of Sydney, Clark combined his honeymoon with a move to the United Kingdom to undertake postgraduate surgical studies. Eschewing lucrative surgical roles, he returned to Sydney to undertake a PhD to pursue his research into finding a solution to profound deafness. Having won the new Chair of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne, Clark used telethons to raise funds for cochlear implant development. Progressing from the first successful human implant surgery in 1978 to the commercial success of cochlear today entailed many trials and tribulations for Clark and his teams.

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Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter is a freelance science writer and reviewer. Originally a research physicist in industry and academia, he has since worked as a marketer, strategist, and consultant. He has published non-fiction articles and reviews in publications such as Books+Publishing, Cosmos, Australian Science, Science book a day, as well as on his own blogs: Lucid Thoughts and Dragon laughing.

Published in October 2015, no. 375

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