IVF pioneers Steptoe and Edwards
IVF pioneers Steptoe and Edwards
Patrick Christopher Steptoe
Born9 June 1913
Died21 March 1988 | Age 74
Robert Geoffrey Edwards
Born27 September 1925
Died10 April 2013 | Age 87

In Vitro Fertilisation

Steptoe, Edwards and Purdy 1977

Patrick Christopher Steptoe and Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards along with their nurse-technician, Jean Purdy successfully carried out a pioneering conception which resulted in the birth of the world's first baby to be conceived by IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation AKA Test Tube Baby), Louise Brown on 25 July 1978, in Oldham General Hospital, Greater Manchester, England.
Louise Brown recently stated: “A few years ago, just before she died, my mum realised that every blood relative she had in the world - me, my sister Natalie, her grandchildren - had all been due to science and IVF. Without the biologists, she would have been alone in the world.”

Steptoe, Purdy and Edwards with first baby
Steptoe, Purdy and Edwards with first baby

A Great Team
Both Steptoe and Edwards worked in the field of reproductive health before their collaboration in 1966, they were especially interested in problems of human fertility. Edwards had developed a way to fertilise human eggs within the laboratory and Steptoe had perfected a method for obtaining human eggs from the ovaries using his acquired skill with a laparoscope, a long, thin telescopic instrument.
Combining these skills enabled them to produce mature eggs at the optimum time to improve chances for successful fertilisation and development.

Nobel Prize
In 2010 they were awarded the Nobel prize, By this time more than 4.5 million babies had been born as a result of their pioneering initiative.


IVF Blue Plaque
IVF Blue Plaque

In Vitro Fertilisation process
In Vitro Fertilisation process
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