The Bionics Institute congratulates Professor Rob Shepherd AM, who was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to biomedical research, and to education in the 2020 Australia Day honours.

Professor Shepherd was the Director of the Bionics Institute from 2005 to 2017, and a key member of the University of Melbourne team, led by Professor Graeme Clark, which created Australia’s cochlear implant. Professor Shepherd demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Cochlear Ltd’s bionic ear and led the preclinical program in an Australia-wide collaboration, Bionic Vision Australia, to develop a bionic eye.

This well-deserved recognition honours Professor Shepherd’s contributions to providing solutions to chronic health conditions through electrical stimulation and prosthetic devices.