Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Lasker Foundation.
This award was to Blake Wilson, Graeme Clark, and Ingeborg Hochmair, "for the development of the modern cochlear implant -- a device that bestows hearing to individuals with profound deafness." The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world and are second only to the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for recognizing advances in medicine and medical science; indeed, fully a third of the winners of a Lasker Award go on to win the Nobel Prize at a later time. The Lasker Awards are popularly known as “America’s Nobels.” Only about 250 persons have received a Lasker Award since the inception of the awards program in 1945. Please see http://www.laskerfoundation.org/ for further details about the Lasker Foundation and its awards.