This article is from 2006.
For the vast majority of us, Robert Winston is best known as that avuncular yet suspiciously brainy guy with the ‘tache who presents lots of programmes about science and medicine on the telly. While Winston does make an undeniably affable television presenter, there is much, much more to the eminent thinker and academic. Now both a professor and a lord, Winston has dedicated his life to science and medicine, and was one of the pioneers of in vitro fertilization, going on to develop many modern reproductive surgery techniques and procedures.
When not helping people to make babies, he has held down posts such as president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, while also being a board member of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Despite being a professor in fertility studies at Imperial College London, and having written umpteen books on reproduction, Winston’s recent work, both on television and in print, has moved away from fertility to cover everything from the essence of faith to the nature of human identity. At the forefront of this country’s thinking in terms of the ethical repercussions of science, Winston is always a fascinating speaker. Plus, he’s cuddly too, isn’t he? (Doug Johnstone)
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