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We are pleased to announce that retired NASA engineer Adam (Buddy) Kissiah will be presenting a lecture on his invention of the Cochlear Implant which is considered to be the first patentable design for digital electronic stimulation of the acoustic nerve in humans. The lecture will be presented at the:

Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida

Thursday, January 27, 2005
5:30 PM - Early Arrivals
6:00 PM - Social and Dinner
7:00 PM - Speaker

Please make reservations ASAP for the Lecture and Pizza choice.

We realize that this notice gives you a limited time to schedule this great talk, but please let us know if you plan to attend. You can do this several ways:

Cell: Chuck Chapman 321-591-5936


The featured lecture will be provided by Adam Kissiah, retired NASA - Kennedy Space Center instrumentation and measurement systems engineer. The subject is the cochlear implant, a device for the restoration of hearing in profoundly deaf persons.

Topics covered will be events and circumstances leading to Kissiah's involvement into hearing research, plus description of the human hearing mechanism and how it works, and some information on the history of the cochlear implant, including leading researchers involved, and how Kissiah developed his patentable design concepts for a cochlear implant.

Speaker Biography

Adam Kissiah was born and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Oakhurst High School (Charlotte) in May, 1947. After one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adam joined the U.S. NAVY in July, 1949 and remained until March, 1953 (Korean War, honorably discharged). 

After discharge from the Navy , Kissiah returned to school at Charlotte College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (BS-PHYSICS, 1956)

In September, 1956, employed by RCA Service Co. and Pan American World Airways at Patrick AFB/Cape Canaveral (Missile Test Division) as Electronic Tracking Systems Engineer supporting Redstone, Jupiter, Mercury, Pershing, and Minuteman rocket Programs) until until April, 1963.

In April, 1963, he was employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), at Kennedy Space Center, FL.  assigned duties as launch instrumentation systems engineer.  He served in various capacities to section chief, staff engineer, and as contract technical manager/representative in launch instrumentation and data systems operation and management.  He supported Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Apollo Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz test project (ASTP), and shuttle programs through November, 1989.

Note: During employment with NASA, applied for patent through NASA/KSC patent counsel (James O. Harrell) for patent of electronic digital hearing aid, patent 4,063,048, awarded Dec 13,1977, re-issued (#31,031) Sep 14, 1982.   The patent is considered the first patentable design for digital electronics stimulation of the acoustic nerve in humans.  Principles are currently being used in human implantation for hearing restoration in profoundly deaf patients throughout the U.S., and many other countries around the world.

Adam retired from NASA - Dec 02, 1989

Adam is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Canaveral Section, Florida, and also a member of the American Legion, former member of the board of directors of the Central Brevard YMCA, and is a current member of the board of directors of the New Abilities Federation, Chicago, Ill.

  • April, 2002 - IEEE-USA Electrotechnology Transfer Award for contributions in the fields of aerospace instrumentation, including developing principles of the cochlear implant device
  • October, 2002, awarded NASA's Space Act Award for the cochlear implant invention
  • April, 2003, inducted into the Space Foundation's Aerospace Technology Hall of Fame
  • July, 2004, the New Freedom Foundation's New Abilities Award for the most significant contribution by an individual

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