It was with great sadness that “Prof” Ian Craft passed away on 3rd June at his residential home in Esher. In 1977 Ian started working on IVF at the Royal Free Hospital and had a pregnancy in 1979, which sadly miscarried at 9 weeks. In 1982 Ian moved to the Cromwell Hospital and then in 1985 to the Humana Hospital in St Johns Wood. In 1992 he started the London Gynaecology and Fertility Centre at 112A Harley Street. He was responsible for many firsts including the world’s first IVF twins in 1982, the world’s first birth using GnRH analogue, Buserelin in 1985, the UK’s first GIFT babies in 1986, Europe’s first donor egg birth in 1987 and he was granted the first UK licence to do ICSI, achieving the UK’s first ICSI birth.
In recent years he had a new lease of life and attended many art exhibitions, opera’s, ballet’s and theatre events. It was a privilege to attend some of these with him. Our last outing was to the Fertility Fest at the Barbican to see Avalanche, the story of a women’s long and unsuccessful fertility journey.
He was a truly amazing man, the most intelligent person I have ever met. He will be remembered as one of the world pioneers of IVF.
Joyce Harper, Professor of Reproductive Science, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London. I worked with Ian from 1988 – 1992 as his lab director.