Maybe the theme for this week should be thanking geniuses and people doing amazing, earth shattering things? I guess that’d probably be a nice change for all you readers that have been bored reading my simpleton posts about gigantic vaginas and adventures in bed-wetting. Let’s get scholarly!
Anywho…A friend just forwarded me an article about how Robert Edwards won the Nobel Prize for his work developing in-vitro fertilization. Basically, this guy is like the Santa Claus for couples having trouble conceiving a baby; he’s granted more people’s wishes than a genii. Edwards gave people babies — there’s really nothing more amazing than that!
His in-vitro science is something for which I am very grateful because many of my closest friends have used this method to get pregnant. In fact, some of Ollie’s best buds are IVF babies and I’ve watched these little peanuts grow up, so they feel like part of my family too. These are kids that would not have been if not for the work of this scientist, so I feel like I personally owe him.
It’s amazing to me that more than four million IVF kiddos have been born thanks to Edwards work (and of course his partner Dr. Patrick Steptoe (who passed away back in the 80s). As the man behind this incredible science, I really can’t think of anyone more deserving for this award than Professor Edwards. I’m actually blown away he didn’t get this prize sooner. I’m humbled by his ingenuity — especially when I consider my own simplicity. It’s a feat for me to mix up a batch of pre-packaged brownies correctly and this guy has been brewing up eggs and sperm to make cute little miracles of life for the past 20 years? Incredible. Way to enhance the human race!