2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

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Elsevier congratulates Cambridge scientist Robert G. Edwards, Editor Emeritus of Reproductive BioMedicine Online, who has been awarded with the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the development of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), a breakthrough that has helped millions of infertile couples worldwide to have children.

Along with former research partner Dr Patrick Steptoe, their ground breaking research led to the first live birth of an IVF baby in July 1978. The success of their pioneering work was modestly announced in a letter to the Editor of the Lancet in August of that year.

According a statement released by the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine committee in Stockholm, Robert G. Edwards’s achievements have made it possible to treat infertility, a medical condition afflicting a large proportion of humanity - more than 10% of all couples… Approximately four million individuals have been born thanks to IVF... Today, Robert Edwards’ vision is a reality and brings joy to infertile people all over the world.

Access a variety of freely available articles published throughout Professor Edwards’ career