Jean Marian Purdy remembered – the hidden life of an IVF pioneer

  title={Jean Marian Purdy remembered – the hidden life of an IVF pioneer},
  author={Roger G. Gosden},
  journal={Human Fertility},
  pages={86 - 89}
  • R. Gosden
  • Published 3 April 2018
  • Medicine
  • Human Fertility
Abstract Jean Purdy is almost forgotten as one of the British trio that introduced clinical IVF to the world. An unlikely pioneer, she qualified as a nurse but through indefatigable effort and unstinting loyalty to a programme that faced vitriolic opposition she became the clinical embryologist for the first IVF baby. In 1980, she helped to launch fertility services as the ‘Technical Director’ of Bourn Hall Clinic, near Cambridge. Although Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe generously credited… 

IVF: The women who helped make it happen

Assessment of effectiveness of Video Assisted Teaching (VAT) programme on knowledge and attitude regarding In vitro fertilization among nursing students in selected colleges of Shimla: An interventional study

The results depicted that video assisted teaching programme was effective and there was significant improvement in the knowledge and attitude of the nursing students regarding In vitro Fertilization.

Fertility maintenance in male oncological patients: current state and future perspectives.

It is deemed that fertility maintenance should be an integral part of the health care in oncological patients in reproductive age and a practical guide through the process of sperm cryopreservation and subsequent in vivo or in vitro fertilisation is presented.

The first 25 years of Human Fertility

IVF’s 40th birthday

  • A. Pacey
  • History, Medicine
    Human fertility
  • 2018



Biology: Changing the world – a tribute to Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards and Jean Purdy

This paper reproduces the text of the speech the son of Patrick Steptoe made to mark the occasion and is reproduced in Human Fertility for its future historical significance.

A personal viewpoint