12 June 2011
IVF pioneer and Nobel prize winner, Robert Edwards, is to be knighted in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Professor Edward’s pioneering fertility work resulted in the birth of Louise Brown, the first “test-tube” baby in 1978. He was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine last year, following the start of his medical research into fertility problems and treatment over 50 years ago.
Professor Edward’s pioneering work into IVF, alongside gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe, resulted in the birth of approximately 1,000 babies at Bourn Hall fertility clinic near Cambridge by the time of Dr Steptoe’s death in 1988. The number of babies born following IVF is now said to be approximately 4 million.
Professor Edward’s is reported to be delighted to be receiving the award, following his lifetime commitment to alleviating human infertility. His work has brought happiness and joy to millions of people across the globe.
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