Edwin Carlyle WOOD (1929 - 2011)

Foundation Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1964 - 1994)

Carl Wood

It is with sadness that the Monash University community has learned of the passing of IVF pioneer Emeritus Professor Carl Wood.

Professor Wood joined the University in 1964 as Foundation Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He was at the forefront of the development of IVF technology and he led the team responsible for Australia's first IVF baby - the third IVF birth in the world.

Professor Wood, with Monash University colleagues, would go on to deliver the world's first babies from frozen embryos and donor eggs.

Professor Wood continued with the University until his retirement in 1994.

In honour of his contributions, the University has established the Carl Wood Chair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, nourished by two Carl Wood Clinical Senior Lecutureships - one in Obstetrics and one in Gynaecology, with the aim of furthering research and development in these fields.

Published in Monash Memo, 27 September 2011.