Robert G. Edwards


Robert G. Edwards

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Robert G. Edwards
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2010

Born: 27 September 1925, Batley, United Kingdom

Died: 10 April 2013, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Prize motivation: "for the development of in vitro fertilization."

Prize share: 1/1


For many people, having children occupies a central place in their lives, but not everyone can have children in a natural way. A woman's Fallopian tubes may be blocked or there can be too few eggs or sperm cells. Robert Edwards saw a solution to this: removing an egg from the woman, allowing it to be fertilized in a test tube and then replacing it in the woman. He explained how eggs mature and how sperm is activated, and in cooperation with Patrick Steptoe, he found a method for removing eggs from the ovaries. In 1978 the first child was born as a result of in vitro fertilization.

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