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Biographical entry Clark, Graeme Milbourne (1935 - )


16 August 1935
Sydney?, New South Wales, Australia


Graeme Milbourne Clark became Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne in 1970, and s now a Honourary Laureate Professorial Fellow at the University's Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Clark was the leader of the team that developed the cochlear implant ("bionic ear"), which allows profoundly deaf people to hear speech, and other hearing devices, such as the electrotactile hearing aid, the "Tickle Talker". Clark's device is still the world leader in its field, and his team is still engaged in ground-breaking research into deafness.


Educated University of Sydney (MB, MS, PhD).


Career position - Junior Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Career position - Senior Resident Medical Officer at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Career position - Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Sydney
Career position - Registrar in Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Career position - Senior House Surgeon at the Royal National Ear Nose and Throat Hospital, London
Career position - Senior Registrar in Otolaryngology at the Bristol General Hospital
1963 - 1966
Career position - Senior Assistant ENT Surgeon at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
1964 - 1966
Career position - First Assistant to the Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1965 -
Career position - Senior Visiting Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon at the Repatriation General Hospital in Heidelberg
1966 - 1969
Career position - Senior Honorary ENT Surgeon
1967 - 1968
Career position - Lecturer in Physiology at the University of Sydney
1968 - 1973
Career position - Consultant Otolaryngologist at the Commonwealth Acoustic Laboratories
Career position - Senior Research Officer at the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
1970 -
Career position - William Gibson Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne
Award - Bertha Sudholz Prize received from the University of Adelaide
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Award - J.M. Crouch Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1985 - 1988
Career position - Surgeon-in-charge at the Cochlear Implant Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Award - Advance Australia Award received
Award - Rotary Vocational Service Award received
Award - Medal of Merit received from the Lions Clubs
Award - James Cook Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award received
1998 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Australian Achiever Award received
Award - Rio Tinto Science Hero's Award - Industry received
Award - Victoria Prize received
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)

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Archival resources

Museum Victoria

  • Graeme Milbourne Clark - Records, 1968 - 1990; Museum Victoria. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with Prof. Graeme Clarke, Director of Bionic Ear Institute and Laureate Professor of Otolaryngology [sound recording] / interviewer, Diana Giese, 3 October 2002, TRC 4897; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Private hands (Clark, G.M.)

  • Graeme Milbourne Clark - Records, 1970 - 1988; Private hands (Clark, G.M.). Details

Published resources


  • Bondarew, Veronica and Seligman, Peter, The Cochlear Story, CSIRO, Canberra, 2012, 248 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Patrick, J. F. and Clark, G. M., 'The Nucleus 22 - Channel Cochlear Implant System', Ear Hear, vol. 12, no. 4, 1991, pp. 3S-9S. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.