Science & Technology

Professor Sir Robert Edwards Dead at 87

Nobel Prize winner pioneered IVF


The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, has led the tributes to the man who pioneered IVF, who has died aged 87.

Prof Sir Robert Edwards was knighted in 2011, five decades after he began experimenting with IVF.

His work led to the birth of Ms Brown at Oldham General Hospital in 1978. She said he had brought "happiness and joy" to millions of people.

IVF is used worldwide and has resulted in more than five million babies.

Prof Edwards died in his sleep after a long illness.

Ms Brown said: "I have always regarded Robert Edwards as like a grandfather to me.