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Biographical entry Dewhurst, David John (1919 - 1996)

8 January 1919
Inglewood, Victoria, Australia
4 March 1996


David Dewhurst was Reader in biophysics (later biophysics and biomedical engineering) at the University of Melbourne 1964-? He was involved in the design of the bionic ear and FRED (Friendly Electronic Device), an interactive teaching device for people unable to use a computer keyboard.


Born 8 January 1919. Died 4 March 1996. Educated University of Melbourne (BA 1939, BSc 1949, PhD 1959). AM 1990. Australian Imperial Force Corps of Signals 1940-46, lecturer in physiology, University of Melbourne 1949-1964, reader in biophysics (later biophysics and biomedical engineering) 1964-?. Involved in the design of the first cochlear ear implant - the bionic ear - in the 1970s. Major force behind the formation of the Institution of Biomedical Engineering (Australia). President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering at the time of the Ninth International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering, Melbourne, 1971.

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  • Clark, G. M., Tong, Y. C., Black, R. C., Forster, I. C., Patrick, J. F., Dewhurst, D. J., 'A multiple-electrode cochlear implant', Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 91 (1977), 935-45. Details


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