Bo Håkansson
Bo Håkansson’s world-leading research on bone conduction hearing has been of life-changing importance. Now, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine by Sahlgrenska Academy.​ Photo: Johan Wingborg, University of Gothenburg​

Chalmers professor appointed honorary doctor

​Bo Håkansson, professor of biomedical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, has been awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine by Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
Bo Håkansson’s world-leading research on conduction of sound vibrations in human bone has resulted in a hearing device using a skin-penetrating implant anchored in the skull bone, today available globally, that has been of life-changing importance to people with impaired hearing.

He has also been the driving force behind the further development and commercialisation of hearing aids where the loudspeaker is implanted under intact skin, with a clear focus on ensuring that research successes benefit individuals and society.

“Bone conduction hearing has engaged me ever since my doctoral studies at Chalmers more than 40 years ago”, says Bo Håkansson. “I am very happy and honored by this appointment. Over the years, it has been a real pleasure for me to collaborate with the colleagues at the medical faculty and the ear clinic.

In its citation for the award, the Board of Sahlgrenska Academy also highlights the collaborative project to develop hand movements subject to voluntary control in arm prostheses, where Bo has been one of the initiators, which has received major international attention.

The citation emphasises that “these research successes have generated industrial expansion in the Gothenburg area, with companies like Cochlear, Oticon Medical and Integrum, to name but a few. The essential foundation for the translational research projects developed in this area at Sahlgrenska Academy has been the close collaboration with professor Bo Håkansson and Chalmers University of Technology.”

“Technology and health is a vital area of collaboration for Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers, in which Bo Håkansson has made very substantial contributions. He’s a highly deserving honorary doctor”, says Agneta Holmäng, professor and Dean of Sahlgrenska Academy, also welcoming a continued cooperation.

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For more information, please contact
Bo Håkansson, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 18 07, 



Published: Mon 29 Jun 2020.