From the frontline of fertility treatment, an IVF pioneer’s tale of creating life against all odds

Professor Simon Fishel is a fertility research pioneer who was part of the world’s first IVF clinic and worked with Robert Edwards during his early IVF studies, when he was responsible along with Patrick Steptoe for the birth of Louise Brown, the first ‘test tube’ baby, in 1978.

As the science developed over the decades so did Professor Fishel’s career, as he sought to do more for patients and taught the new technologies to doctors all over the world. He came up against regulatory and establishment barriers, including fighting a 3-year legal case in the High Court of Justice and a death threat from a doctor if he refused to work with him.

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