There is no person more deserving of a Nobel prize than Prof Robert Edwards, the pioneer of ivf. The only question is, what took so long? Without his passion & perseverance, we would not be where we are today, and many forms of infertility would still be untreatable. His work, in the face of widespread scepticism & criticism, led to our ability to nurture embryos outside the human body. And this of course led to Louise Brown’s birth (the world’s first test tube baby) in 1978. We haven’t looked back since and more than one million test tube babies have been born worldwide.
Thirty two years later the Nobel prize committee has recognised his wonderful work, but in many ways, it is too late for him to enjoy the moment. He is now 85 years old, and confined to a nursing home, unable to even attend and collect his award in person.
But at least, the Nobel committee recognised his work. Better late than never! The UK has still not given him a peerage or knighthood, which is even more of a shame. And I feel very strongly about that!
“Working for years with rabbits and then mice, often making trips to the lab in the middle of the night to collect eggs from the ovulating animals, he pioneered a process in which he could artificially cause the ovary to release several eggs at a time, and then conducted experiment after experiment with human eggs to correctly time the removal of the eggs with their fertilization with fresh sperm to generate an embryo“