The British scientist whose pioneering work on fertility led to the birth of the world’s first so-called “test-tube” baby has been awarded the Nobel prize for medicine.
Sweden’s Karolinska Institute praised Robert Edwards for bringing joy to millions of people around the world for whom becoming a parent is a dream come true.
The 85-year-old is known as the “father” of in-vitro fertilisation.
An estimated four million babies have now been born as a result of the technique Edwards developed with his colleague Patrick Steptoe, who died in 1988.
In 1978, Louise Brown was the first, defying opposition from churches and the government and scepticism from the scientific community.
IVF is now commonplace. These days, up to two percent of babies in the developed world are conceived using its methods.