Robert Edwards

1925 - 2013

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Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards (27 September 1925 – 10 April 2013) was a British physiologist and pioneer in reproductive medicine, and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in particular. Along with obstetrician and gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and nurse and embryologist Jean Purdy, Edwards successfully pioneered conception through IVF, which led to the birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978. They founded the first IVF programme for infertile patients and trained other scientists in their techniques. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Edwards has received more than 30,049 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Robert Edwards is the 70th most popular biologist (down from 48th in 2019), the 524th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 434th in 2019) and the 11th most popular British Biologist.

Robert Edwards is most famous for his work with in vitro fertilization.

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Among biologists, Robert Edwards ranks 70 out of 1,097Before him are Irwin Rose, Linda B. Buck, André Michel Lwoff, August Weismann, Ulisse Aldrovandi, and Alexander Oparin. After him are Ferdinand Cohn, Herman Boerhaave, Max Theiler, Ernst Mayr, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, and Svante Pääbo.

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Among people born in 1925, Robert Edwards ranks 45Before him are Bert Hellinger, Gerald Durrell, George Kennedy, Sam Peckinpah, Maya Plisetskaya, and Zvi Zamir. After him are Robert Altman, Ieng Sary, Andrea Camilleri, Luciano Berio, Wong Fei-hung, and Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Among people deceased in 2013, Robert Edwards ranks 33Before him are Ronald Coase, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Sung Jae-gi, Bert Trautmann, Joan Fontaine, and Richard Griffiths. After him are Ieng Sary, Jack Vance, Rochus Misch, Ray Manzarek, Erich Priebke, and Georges Moustaki.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Edwards ranks 524 out of 8,785Before him are Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), Raymond Cattell (1905), Mike Oldfield (1953), John Hicks (1904), Richard Griffiths (1947), and William Kidd (1645). After him are Mary Anning (1799), Gerard Butler (1969), Albert Finney (1936), Ronnie Wood (1947), Stanley Baldwin (1867), and William Lassell (1799).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Robert Edwards ranks 11Before him are Francis Crick (1916), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Robert Brown (1773), Christian de Duve (1917), Richard Owen (1804), and John Edward Gray (1800). After him are Philip Miller (1691), Archibald Hill (1886), Erasmus Darwin (1731), Philip Sclater (1829), Oliver Smithies (1925), and Julian Huxley (1887).