One of the world's most respected medical academics and researcher of the human reproductive system. Best known as the presenter of the 'Human Body' and 'Superhuman' television series.
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Professor Lord Robert Winston was born in 1940 and named Robert Maurice Winston. He graduated at London University in 1964 and held junior posts at the London Hospital from that time. In 1970 he joined the Hammersmith Hospital as a Registrar and became involved in research and development in gynaecological microsurgery. He is well known today to audiences throughout the world for his BBC television series 'The Human Body', 'The Secret Life of Twins' and 'Superhuman', through which he has shown a great capacity for communicating often-complex science to a wide public audience. He is Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College School of Medicine and is world-renowned as a fertility expert. He also headed the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. His research into embryology and genetics is internationally recognised. As a researcher into human reproduction, Lord Winston helped develop techniques for sterilisation reversal. The improvements he has developed in fertility medicine have subsequently been adopted world-wide. Contrary to popular belief, Lord Winston was not part of the team who produced the first test-tube baby in 1978, but he has been most prominent in many areas of research related to various aspects of human reproduction, and founded the first NHS In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Programme. His group's research enabled families with a history of a particular genetic disease to have children free of fatal illnesses. Lord Winston is the author of many books, including Infertility - A Sympathetic Approach (1985); Getting Pregnant (1989); Making Babies (1996); Evolution Revolution (2009) and Utterly Amazing Science (2014)
Created a Life Peer in 1995, he comments on a wide range of medical, ethical and scientific issues in Parliament, scientific journals and the media. He was Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and also Chancellor elect of Sheffield Hallam University. He has researched transgenic technology, particularly for models of human disease and organ transplants. He has also made efforts towards developing methods for maturing eggs outside the body as this would make IVF treatment more affordable and accessible and less intrusive to the hopeful parents. For his several publications about fertility and pregnancy for a lay readership, Winston was awarded the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Gold Medal. He has approximately 300 scientific publications in learned journals (including Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet) and various books, and wrote regularly for the lay press.
His interests include directing theatre productions (National Directors' Award, Edinburgh Festival 1969), matters of Jewish interest, classical music, and skiing. He is involved with a number of UK charities, including the Imperial Cancer Research Fund - of which he was a council member. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of The Athenaeum.