August 22, 2019

IVF pioneer Carl Wood dies

Professor Carl Wood - a top bloke who helped thousands of couples know the joy of parenthood.

The father of invitro fertilisation, Professor Carl Wood, has died in Melbourne at the age of 82.

Professor Wood and his team from Melbourne’s Monash University pioneered IVF as an option for infertile couples in the 1970s.

The gynaecologist and his team helped develop the world’s first IVF pregnancy in 1973 and Australia’s first test tube baby, Candice Reed, was born in 1980.

His team was also responsible for the world’s first babies from frozen embryos and donor eggs.

Professor Wood is also credited with pioneering IVF in the United States in partnership with an American businesswoman.

More than 45,000 babies have been born worldwide with the assistance of IVF.

Professor Wood had endured Alzheimer’s disease since 2004 and died last Friday at a nursing home.

Professor Wood graduated from Melbourne University in 1952 and held positions in New York and London before returning to Melbourne to become Foundation Professor of the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.