The award of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine to Robert Edwards was a mark of recognition for development of the first successful in vitro fertilization. The award, though, goes far beyond a mark of personal accomplishment. The real significance of the Nobel Prize is the immense impact of Dr. Edwards’ work on medicine.
The growth of research, education, and clinical care that emerged from this work continues to echo to this day, and the pace of this advancement shows no signs of slowing. Pacific Fertility Center exists as a result of these efforts; however reproduction is not the only field that has been affected by Dr. Edwards work. All fields of medicine have benefitted from the outgrowths of technology that show their origins in Dr. Edwards’ work.