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IVF at 40: Louise Brown and Roger Gosden in Conversation

Join us at Lates on 25 July, for a very special event to celebrate the 40th birthday of IVF and Louise Brown, the first IVF baby. 

We are honoured that Louise Brown, the first person to be born through IVF, will celebrate her 40th birthday at the Science Museum. She will be joined by Roger Gosden, a former doctoral student of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards and expert in female infertility, for a one-off in-conversation event in our IMAX Theatre, chaired by Science Museum Director of External Affairs, Roger Highfield. 

The development of in vitro fertilisation, or IVF, culminating in the ‘miraculous’ birth of Louise Joy Brown on 25 July 1978, was a defining moment for reproductive technology pioneered by British researchers. Louise’s birth followed ten years of experimentation, hundreds of failed attempts and many setbacks for Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy, the scientists responsible for this remarkable achievement. 

This event accompanies a new exhibition, IVF: 6 Million Babies Later opening at the Science Museum on 5 July 2018.

Further information

  • Please note: guests should arrive via the Dana Centre and not the main Museum entrance—Dana Centre, 165 Queen's Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5HD
  • Members of the IVF community are welcome to join Louise for a commemorative group photo and cake cutting in the Who Am I Gallery after the event. Please make yourself known to staff on arrival to receive a wristband to gain access to this special photo opportunity.