PROFESSOR Graeme Clark, whose research work led to the first multi-channel cochlear implant over 25 years ago, has become a patron of The Ear Foundation charity.
In 2002, The Cochlear UK Graeme Clark Scholarship Award was established in his honour, to thank him for his lifelong pursuit of finding a solution for the hearing impaired and his pioneering work in the field of cochlear implant technology.
The scholarship, which aims to help implant recipients achieve more in continuing further education, is open to Cochlear Nucleus implant recipients around the world.
This year’s winner is 19 years-old Rebecca French, who was born profoundly deaf. Rebecca is now studying Modern History and International Relations at St Andrew’s University.
Sue Archbold, chief executive of The Ear Foundation, said:
“Graeme has long been a supporter of our work. We have visited him in Melbourne several times, and Rebecca spent some time with him helping with some of the latest research studies.
“We are delighted that he has agreed to become a patron and look forward to seeing him again – both in person and virtually!”
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