Frank Hochman

Frank Hochman was born in New York City on December 26, 1935.  He was born deaf.  He started school when he was three years old at the National School for Speech Disorders.  When he was five he changed schools.  He went to the New York School for the Deaf.  He also went to Stuyvesant High School.

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He went to college at the City College of New York and received a bachelorís degree in biology.  He also became a chemist and physicist.  He worked in several different hospitals as a chemist.  He worked in laboratories and blood banks.  However, he wasnít happy with his job.  He wanted to become a doctor.

Many schools did not want him to attend because he was deaf.  They did not think a deaf person could be a doctor.  However, he finally got into a school called Rutgers Medical School.  He sat on the front row and got class notes from his friends.

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Hochman worked in many different places when he was a student.  Some of them were the University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, and Stanford University.

Once he graduated he decided to work in the East Bay area.  There wanted to work with deaf people so he worked near the California School for the Deaf and the California School for the Blind.  He reads lips and uses sign language.  He has special devices that help him listen to heartbeats and let him know when he is being paged.

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Hochman still gives speeches.  He has also been a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He was the first American born deaf to become a doctor.  In 1986 he won the Edmund Lyons Memorial Lectureship Award at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Frank Hochman

Lang, H. G., & Meath-Lang, B. (1995). Frank Hochman.  In A Biographical Dictionary: Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences 
(pp.185-188). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.