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Lord Robert Winston's Biography

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Professor Lord Robert Winston was born on 15 July 1940.

After graduating from London University in 1964, Winston held various posts at the London Hospital, but it was at Hammersmith Hospital that he started to concentrate on fertility studies and gynaecology, for which he would become most famous.

Lord Winston has presented several television series, which include Your Life in their Hands, The Human Body, Secret Life of Twins, A Child of our Time, The Human Mind and Superhuman.

He has also widened his television appeal and was one of six celebrities who had to learn to play musical instruments in a BBC One series, Play It Again.

Lord Winston helped develop important techniques for sterilisation reversal, however contrary to popular belief he was not part of the team that produced the first test-tube baby.

Lord Winston founded the first NHS In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Programme. Additionally his group's research enabled families with a history of a particular genetic disease to have children free of fatal illnesses.

Professor Winston was made a Life Peer in 1995.

Robert Winston was described by Rory Bremner as the greatest Britain.

In BBC Breakfast with Frost Sir David Frost asked on the subject of fertility treatment whether "it doesn't worry the man acting God sort of idea? A woman acting as God?" to which Winston replied:

"Well we give antibiotics to people when they're dying or when they're not well, that's acting God. I mean acting God is using the tools of creation to try and improve human life, human existence. I don't think that that's a huge problem. I, I'm not entirely convinced that it's a very important issue."

Winston curiously lists "festering" as a recreation in Who's Who.

Professor Lord Robert Winston is also involved with several charities.

In an interesting speech in the House of Lords in a debate on hunting, Lord Winston revealed his fear of horses and that he has been a long-time member of the Labour Party.

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