The unlucky doctor

Dr Subhash Mukhopadhyay
World’s first IVF baby was Marie Louise Brown and the world’s second IVF baby was born in India — Durga alias Kanupriya Agarwal.
India’s first Test Tube Baby was researched and pioneered a Test Tube Baby (In-Vitro Fertilisation) on his own by Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay. He however, claimed that he was the first one to develop this idea and that his idea was stolen by Cambridge University Scientists, though this claim has never been proven.
It is a well established fact now that the Test Tube baby developed in India was born in India (October 3, 1978) just 67 days after the first such baby developed by Robert G Edwards of University of Cambridge.
The two month gap proves that even if he was second in developing this technique, he certainly did not derive his knowledge from Cambridge University since Dr. Edwards could not have published his research before the conception of India’s IVF baby.
Ironically, while Robert G Edwards, hailed as the father of IVF, was honoured with the Nobel prize in medicine, Dr Subhash Mukhopadhyay went on to face an inquiry by the West Bengal government in December 1978, before committing suicide on June 19, 1981, after the state refused to recognize his achievement.
His contribution was acknowledged in 2010, almost 40 years after he died, refer news clipping at Indian lost test tube baby race to Edwards by 67 days  – The Times of India. Mukhopadhyay devised the same technique as Edwards without knowledge of the parallel research in UK. The difference was that Edwards was 67 days ahead of him. Besides, the Indian did not have any collaborators nor did he document his work. “While Dr Edwards had documented every step right from animal studies, Dr Subhash had nothing. And in science, no claims can be proved without documents,” Dr Jayashree Gajaraj, former president, Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of India (FoGSI) it is reported to have said.
A movie named Ek Doctor Ki Maut was made on his life.

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