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British Scientist Robert Edwards and Pioneer of Vitro Fertilization Died

Apr 11, 2013 11:05 IST

British Scientist and Pioneer of in Vitro Fertilization (test-tube baby) Robert Edwards died at the age of 87 on 10 April 2013. In late 1970s, he along with his colleague Dr. Patrick Steptoe became famous for development of the vitro fertilization technique that resulted in the birth of world’s first test-tube baby Louise Brown in 1978

He was awarded the awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine for discovery of the first test-tube baby and providing the basis for genetic screening and stem cell research.

About Robert Edward

• He received his Ph.D. in developmental biology in mice from the University of Edinburgh
• In 1963, he joined Cambridge University
• He teamed up with Dr. Steptoe for studying fertilization and to develop a method through which the sperm and egg can survive outside the womb
• He received the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research in 2001.
• He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for services to human reproductive biology in 2011

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