Batley's 'Nobel' winner

The scientist whose pioneering work led to the development of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
Prof Robert Edwards, 82, originally from Batley, is regarded as the ‘father’ of IVF.
The award comes with a prize of 10 million Swedish kronor (£940,000).
In a statement Prof Edwards’ wife Ruth and family said they were “thrilled and delighted” and added: “The success of this research has touched the lives of millions of people.”
A fatheroffive Prof Edwards left Batley to go into the Army before becoming a mature student.
He later took up a post in the physiology department at Cambridge University and worked with Patrick Steptoe on IVF, a treatment in which egg cells are fertilised outside the body and implanted in the womb.
Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, was born in 1978.

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