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Genetics and fertility expert pays tribute to IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards

Professor Darren Griffin, a genetics and fertility expert at the University of Kent, has paid tribute to IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards, who has died aged 87.

Sir Robert, who received a Nobel Prize in 2010, was one of the two fertility experts whose work led to the birth of the world’s first ‘test tube baby’ in 1978.

Professor Griffin said: ‘Bob will be remembered, as many great scientists are, for his “eureka” moment of 1978. In many ways however, this moment of fame obscures what was a lifetime of outstanding work in developmental biology both before and after his work to deliver the world’s first “test tube baby”.

‘Many of us working in biosciences will also remember his ability to support and provide opportunities for young scientists and his recent Nobel prize was a fitting end to a stellar career. It is no exaggeration to say that he gave life to millions.’

Darren Griffin is Professor of Genetics within the University’s School of Biosciences.



Contact: M.J.Herrema@kent.ac.uk

Story published at 11:39am 11 April 2013

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