Steptoe, Patrick


Patrick Steptoe (1913–1988), a British gynaecologist who with Robert Edwards created the first ‘test‐tube baby’ born following in vitro fertilization.

Keywords: reproductive medicine; endocrinology; Robert Edwards; in vitro fertilization; stem cells

Further Reading

Edwards RG (1996) Patrick Christopher Steptoe. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 42: 435–452.

Edwards RG, Bavister BD and Steptoe PC (1969) Early stages of fertilization in vitro of human oocytes. Nature 221: 632–635.

Edwards RG and Steptoe PC (1980) A Matter of Life. The Story of a Medical Breakthrough. London: Hutchinson.

Steptoe PC (1967) Laparoscopy in Gynaecology. Edinburgh: Livingstone.

Steptoe PC and Edwards RG (1978) (Letter to the editor) Lancet II: 366.

Steptoe PC, Edwards RG and Purdy JM (1980) Clinical aspects of pregnancies established with cleaving embryos grown in vitro. British Journal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology 87: 737–756.

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Power, Helen J(Jul 2008) Steptoe, Patrick. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003602]