Robert G. Edwards, who provided a new dimension in the history of medical science by making it possible for millions of infertile couples to have children through his development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), died on Wednesday at his home. He was 87.
The Nobel laureate was declared dead by The University of Cambridge, where he worked for many years. According to reports, he died in his sleep after a long illness.
Edwards was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2010.
The British physiologist was a pioneer in reproductive medicine and in-vitro fertilisation in particular.
Along with surgeon Patrick Steptoe, Edwards successfully pioneered his conception through IVF, which led to the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, on 25 July 1978.
"I have always regarded Robert Edwards as like a grandfather to me. I am glad that he lived long enough to be recognised with a Nobel prize for his work, and his legacy will live on with all the IVF work being carried out throughout the world," Loiuse Brown was quoted as saying on BBC.