The 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Robert Edwards, the parent of in vitro fertilization.
The first child born from in vitro fertilization came to the world in 1978, although research had begun since the 1950s. Since then, about 4 million children have been born using this method.
Infertility affects 10% of couples worldwide, and the discovery of Professor Edwards has made it possible to give birth to children even in such cases.
From the opposition of governments and churches, to the skepticism of the guild colleagues, Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, who joined them, faced countless challenges on their path to success.
Today, 1 in 5 couples has the chance to conceive a child by in vitro fertilization since the first attempt, which is almost the same percentage as in the case of healthy couples who conceive a child naturally.
The award given to Professor Robert Edwards is a recognition of both the value of his contribution and that of Patrick Steptoe, as well as of the entire field of assisted reproduction.