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Reminiscence Event: Steptoe and Edwards 40th Anniversary Lecture

Start: 25/09/2019 16:00
End: 25/09/2019 17:45

Location: RCOG

Steptoe and Edwards 40th Anniversary LectureSeptember 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. There have been many advances in women’s health care during this time including the development, introduction and subsequent success of in-vitro fertilisation.

On 25 July 1978 the world’s first ‘test-tube baby’, Louise Brown, was born. The first living human to have been conceived in vitro, Louise was the joyful result of a long, sometimes arduous and at times controversial period of research beginning in the autumn of 1969 and ending in summer 1978. It was conducted in Oldham, Lancashire and was led by Dr Robert Edwards of the University Physiology Laboratory, Cambridge, his assistant Miss Jean Purdy, and Mr Patrick Steptoe, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Oldham and District General Hospital.

A lecture detailing the research was delivered to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in January 1979. 40 years later, on September 25 2019, we are holding a special celebration at the College for reminiscence and reflection of that landmark event.


Please register here for your place to ensure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. It is free to attend, but you must be registered.


Steptoe and Edwards 40th Anniversary Lecture4pm – Welcome and introduction (Lesley Regan, President, RCOG)

4:10pm  A look back through the social archives (Fiona Littleton, Archivist, UCL)

  • 1969 to 1979: Oldham and the social context
  • An introduction to Steptoe and Edwards
  • The 1979 RCOG lecture

4:35pm - First-hand experiences of working with Steptoe and Edwards
5:05pm - The media perspective (Janice Barker, Journalist, Oldham Chronicle 1969)

5:20pm - Summing up and close (Lesley Regan)
5:30pm – Drinks and networking