Test Tube "Dad"

Robert G. Edwards, British physiologist and "father" of in vitro fertilization, was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine Monday for his work in helping millions of families all over the world conceive.

Robert G Edwards, Nobel Prize for medicine winner

Millions of parents and children around the world are thankful for the work of Robert G. Edwards.

Now, the "father of the test tube baby" is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. Edwards was announced Monday as the winner of the Nobel Prize winner for medicine.

"As early as the 1950s, Edwards had the vision that IVF could be useful as a treatment for infertility," the Nobel Prize committe said. "He worked systematically to realize his goal, discovered important principles for human fertilization of human egg cells in test tubes."

Father of the "Test Tube Baby"

His work has resulted in the birth of over four million babies worldwide, many to parents who weren't able to otherwise conceive. His first "test tube" baby, Louise Brown, was born in Oldham, England in July 1978. She's now the mother of a son, conceived naturally.

The 85-year-old British physiologist continued his career as a researcher and medical journal editor after his success with in vitro fertilization. His work with fellow scientist Patrick Steptoe on IVF also helped pave the way for advancements in stem cell research and treatments for other reproductive issues.


Edwards will receive about $1.5 million dollars for winning the Nobel Prize for medicine. His award kicks off a weeklong series of announcements for Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics.

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Comments on "Father of in-vitro fertilization wins Nobel Prize for medicine"

Salwa July 11, 2012 | 2:15 AM

- okay, I know that your infertility post was along time ago but like I told you brfeoe I am a new blogger and I just ran across it. I read it and it touched me, I had fertility problems also and know how tiring and wearing that they can be. When I was going through my issues I was so very focused on me and my issues that God really opened my eyes. We all know that he has away of doing that once in awhile. Well one night I was at church and there was a lady that had 2 boys and she was divorced, we found out that she had cancer and was going through chemo it hit me all at once. God revealed to me that every time I thought about the troubles I was having I was supposed to pray for this single mom. I know that it may sound crazy but I did it. I earnestly did what God wanted and he rewarded me greatly. I have 2 girls one 6 and one almost 2. I'm not sure where you are with all of this or why he placed this on my heart to tell a perfect stranger but he did and I am obeying. I will start praying for you daily!! Please let your prayer for me that I can draw closer than ever to God.

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