Curriculum Vitae



Professor Robert Geoffrey Edwards, CBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, DSc (Hon), FRCOG (ad eundem), Hon MRCP, FRS


Date and place of Birth: Leeds, 27 September 1925


Office Address: Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Duck End Farm, Park Lane, Dry Drayton, Cambridge  CB3 8DB, UK.  Tel 01954 781812; Fax 01954 781816; email:


Home Address: Duck End Farm, Park Lane, Dry Drayton, Cambridge  CB3 8DB, UK.  Tel 01954 780602; Fax 01954 781171; email:


Outside Interests


Politics, farming, conservation, rugby, cricket


Degrees Awarded


1951        BSc (Wales)

1952    Diploma in Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh

1955        PhD Edinburgh University

1962        DSc University of Wales

1983        Honorary DSc University of Hull

1987        Honorary DSc University of York

1988        Doctor Honoris Causa, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

1991        Honorary Fellow, University College of North Wales

1992        Doctor Honoris Causa, Valencia

Doctor Honoris Causa, Mons-Hainaut University Belgium

1999        Doctor Honoris Causa, Timisoara University, Romania

2000        Laurea  Honoris Causa, University of Rome

2001        ScD (Hon) University of Cambridge

2002        Lifetime Honorary Professor, Fourth Military Medical University Xian, China





1936-1944        Educated in Manchester Central High School

1944-1948        Service in British Army.  Foreign service in Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq

1948-1951    Undergraduate, Dept of Zoology and Agriculture, University of Bangor, Wales

1951-1955        Postgraduate, Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh

1955-1957    Post-Doctoral ARC Fellowship in the Institute of Animal Genetics, Edinburgh University

        1957-1958   Population Council Research Fellow, California, Institute of Technology, California          

1958-1962    MRC Scientific Staff, National Institute for Medical Research, London

1962-1963        Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, Glasgow University 

1963-1969        Ford Foundation Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

1965             Visiting Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

1966             Visiting Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1969-1985        Ford Foundation Reader in Physiology, University of Cambridge

1969-1991    Editor, Research in Reproduction, International Planned Parenthood Federation, London

1973-1976    Elected Councillor, Cambridge City Council, Chairman of Finance Panel

1974             Appointed Senior Member of Churchill College, Cambridge        

1976             Re-elected Council, Cambridge City Council

1979-1982        Senior Research Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

1980-1990        Joint Founder and Scientific Director, Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge

1984-1988        Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium         

1985-1989        Professor of Human Reproduction, University of Cambridge

1986-1989        Professorial Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge

1986-2000        Founder Editor Human Reproduction

1988-1990    Reappointed Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel,   Belgium

1989-present Visiting Professor to the University of London

1989-1992    Extraordinary Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge

1989             Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge

1991-1994    Chairman, Committee of Reproductive Physiology International Union of Physiological Sciences

1993-present Member of Academia Europea

1992-present Pensioner Fellow, Churchill College Cambridge

1994-2000        Editor, Human Reproduction Update

1995-2000    Editor, Molecular Human Reproduction



Current Activities


2000 present  Chief Editor, Reproductive BioMedicine Online



Honours Granted


1970    Medal of American Fertility Society

1971    Darwin Medal, Institute of Biology, UK           

1973    Adair Award, American Gynecological Society

1980    Woodhull Award and Discourse, Royal Institution, London                  

            Serono Prize, American Fertility Society

1982    Axel Munthe Award, Capri                                                                                          

1983    Honorary Member of the French Society for Infertility              

1984        Fellow of the Royal Society, London

1985        Appointed Fellow ad eundem, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG)

Spanish Fertility Society Gold Medal

Life Fellow of the Australian Fertility Society

Honorary Citizen of Bordeaux, France

1986        Honorary Member of the Royal College of Physicians (Hon MRCP)

1987        Gold Medal, City of Toulouse, France

1988        CBE in the New Years Honours, Buckingham Palace

1988-90 President, Ribblehead Sheep Show, Yorkshire

1988-90 Honorary President, British Fertility Society

1989        Co-winner, King Faisal International Prize for Medicine

1990        Honorary Member, Pacific Coast Fertility Society

1991        Steptoe Memorial Medal and Prize, British Fertility Society

Marshall Medal, Society for the Study of Fertility, UK

1992        Honorary Fellow, German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Honorary President, French Gynecological Society

Keys of San Diego City, USA

1993        Honorary Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, London

Honorary Fellow, European Society Human Reproduction and Embryology, Thessaloniki

Barbara Eck Manning Award, Resolve, USA

Opening Ceremony for the establishment of the Middle East Fertility Society: Celebratory Lecture

1994        Berthold-Gedachtnis Medal, German Society of Endocrinology

Distinguished Scientist, Annual Meeting, American Society of Reproduction & Medicine, Seattle

1995        Honorary Member, Italian Society of Anatomy

Council Member, The Galton Institute, London

1996        Pierre Soupart Lecture, Axel Munthe Award, Naples

Honorary Member of the Austrian Society of In Vitro Fertilization

1997    Visiting Professor, 110th Anniversary Celebrations, University of Hong Kong

1998    Gold Medal, University of Sassari, Sardinia

            Honorary Member, Association of UK Clinical Embryologists (ACE)

            Honorary President, Alpha International Society for Scientists in Reproductive Medicine                     Honorary Member, Greek Fertility Society

            Honorary Fellow, International Federation of Fertility Societies, San Francisco

1999    Gold Medal Award of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists Malpighi Symposium, University of Rome

            Honorary Member of the Middle East Fertility Society

            Patron, UK National Gamete Donation Trust

2000    Bertarelli Foundation Award in Reproductive Healthcare

            FIGO Recognition Award to non-Obstetricians/Gynecologists

Life Membership, Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility     

Ida Scudder Oration, Vellore, India                                                                             

Rotary Club, Chennai For the Sake of Honour Award                                   

2001      Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research

Honorary Membership, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, American Society of Reproductive Medicine

2002        First Awardee of the Robert Edwards Keynote Lecture, ESHRE, Vienna

Robert Edwards Award, American Infertility Association, New York

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, Reproductive Biology Professional Group, ASRM

The Grand Hamdan International Award for Obstetrics and Gynecology (Infertility)

2003        Award of the Egyptian Ministry of Health

Reception Buckingham Palace Pioneers of the Nation



Principal/Opening Lecturer - 1998


Annual Meeting of German IVF, Guest Lecture

Honorary Lecture, Profile of a Pioneer, Patrick C Steptoe.  First Magisterial Tribune in Human Reproduction, Buenos Aires

Japan Society of Fertilization and Implantation

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Congress, Singapore

Honorary President, IVF Congress, Vancouver

Celebration of IVF, Middle East Fertility Society, Marrakech

Steptoe Memorial Lecturer, Kings College, London

Holme Lecturer, University College, London



Principal/Opening Lecturer 1999


Italian Society of Sterility and Fertility, Milan

Implantation Meeting, Valencia

Workshop on Blastocyst development and early implantation, University of Lund

Opening lecture, Alpha/SIRT workshop, Sydney

Opening ceremony, 11th World congress on In Vitro Fertilization and Human Reproductive Genetics, Sydney

Mammalian Follicle and Oocyte Culture Workshop, Kilpisjarvi Biological Station,   Finland

Lecture to the Bertarelli Foundation, ESHRE annual meeting, Tours

Guest Lecture, Oldham Municipal Anniversary Celebrations

Honorary President, 15th Congress of International Federation of Associations of Anatomists, Rome

Honorary President, Alpha Conference, Copenhagen

Workshop on Reproductive Medicine, University of Lubeck

Lead Speaker, Middle East Fertility Society, Sharm El Sheikh


Principal/Opening Lecturer 2000


Opening Lecture, New Treatment Approaches in Human Reproductive Medicine, Porto, Portugal

Invited speaker, ART and the Human Blastocyst, Dana Point, California, USA

Invited speaker, The International Congress on Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Tel Aviv, Israel.

WHO World Congress on Medicine and Health: Medicine meets Millennium, Chairperson on Reproductive Health, Hannover

Chairperson at the joint meeting of the UK Fertility Societies, Edinburgh

Invited speaker, National Meeting of the Mexican Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Monterrey

17th Annual Howard and Georgeanna visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, India


Principal/Opening Lecturer 2001


Opening Lecture, Optimizing IVF Results, Aswan, Egypt

Honorary President, International Congress on Reproductive Medicine, Antalya, Turkey

Opening Lecture, Latin American Network of Assisted Reproduction, Huatulco, Mexico

Opening Lecture, 4th IVF Meeting, Osaka, Japan


Principal/Opening Lecturer 2002


Opening Lecture, 2nd Organon Expert Meeting, Rottach-Egern, Germany

Plenary Lecture, 12th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization and Molecular Reproduction, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome & Introduction, Toward Optimizing ART: A Tribute to Howard and Georgeanna Jones, Williamsburg, USA

Plenary Lecture, 11th World Congress on Human Reproduction, Montreal, Canada

President and Opening Lecture, 1st Mediterranean Congress on Reproductive Medicine


Principal/Opening Lecturer 2003


Opening lecture Assisted Reproduction: past, present and future, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK

3rd International Symposium of Reproductive Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico

Key note lecture, 2nd Mediterranean Congress of Reproductive Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt

5th International Symposium of Preimplantation Genetics, Antalya, Turkey

25 Years of IVF, A celebration of Reproductive Medicine, Roycal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK

Invited lecture, Norwegian Gynecology Society

Malpighi Lecture, 5th International Malpighi Symposium, Rome, Italy