- Published on 19 June 2015
During the opening ceremony of the 12th European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implants, the president of the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse presented the University award to the pioneers of cochlear implants who were attending the event: Ingeborg Hochmair, Claude-Henri Chouard and Graeme Clark. A historic moment!
In the 1970s, these scientists were the first to implant multi-electrode devices, each in their own country, i.e. Austria, France, and Australia, and thus laid the foundations for the modern cochlear implant.
"You were the right people, there at the right time," said Prof. Bernard Fraysse during a short introduction speech that briefly covered the history of the cochlear implant and the lives of its three pioneers. “What did we learn from these visionaries?” he asked. “That to develop medical innovations, one has to be brilliant, but even more importantly, determined.”
From left to right: Co-presidents of the 12th congress of the ESPCI, Nadine Cochard and Dr Marie-Noëlle Calmels, Graeme Clark, Prof. Bernard Fraysse, Ingeborg Hochmair and Prof. Claude-Henri Chouard.