Louise Brown was conceived in a British laboratory in November 1977, after Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy spent nearly a decade trying to fertilise a human egg outside the body.
At 11:47pm on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown was the first person ever to be born through science rather than as a result of two people having sex. The Birth was hailed as a “miracle” by the world’s media, making her instantly famous.
Louise Brown was born near Manchester in the UK via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) – a medical breakthrough that has led to the birth of millions more that way around the globe.
Her birth created shockwaves for the church, politicians and the medical profession. Louise has grown up at the centre of the debate about the morality of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) while also being a beacon of hope to millions of childless couples throughout the world.
She is constantly in demand from media organisations around the world. She works full time in a shipping office but is available for personal appearances, women’s events etc where IVF is a topic. She has a website where she shares her story https://www.louisejoybrown.com/
This week marks 40 years since the world’s first “test tube” baby.
The Science Museum in London is celebrating that anniversary.