The pioneer of In-Vitro fertilization (IVF) popularly known as test tube baby Prof. Sir Robert Edwards has died at the age of 87 after a long illness.
Edwards, who won the nobel prize for Medicine in 2010, started work on fertilization in the 1950’s, and the first so-called test tube baby Louise Brown was born in 1978 a sa result of his landmark research. Since then, babies have been born worldwide. He co-founded the world’s first IVF clinic, Bourn Hall, with obstetrician and gynecologist, Patrick Steptoe, in his hometown of Cambridge in 1980. He was knighted in 2011, a year later after being awarded the Nobel prize for Medicine.
A spokesperson for Cambridge University, yesterday in statement said: ” it is with deep sadness that the family announces that Professor Robert Edwards, Nobel Prize winner, scientist and co-founder of IVF, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 10th April 2013 after a long illness. The statement added that he would be “greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues. His work has had an immense impact throughout the world. The first test tube baby, Louise, 34, yesterday paid tribute to Edwards, saying he had become an honorary member of the family, attending her wedding and visiting regularly.