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William L Ledger
Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sheffield

It has to be the achievement of fertilisation ‘in vitro’ with successful embryo transfer and implantation leading to the birth of Louise Brown in 1978. Louise’s birth marked the start of the great revolution in treatment of infertility which, for all its many faults, now brings happiness and fulfilment to millions of childless couples. We tend to be so caught up in the ethics, the technology and the medicine that we forget the sheer joy that children bring, and should celebrate this great piece of British innovation

William L Ledger is professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and head of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at the University of Sheffield