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Remembering J Michael Bedford (1932 – 2018): a great thinker and scholar

Published:April 19, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2018.04.042
      Our beloved and respected colleague and friend, Dr John Michael Bedford, died peacefully in his home in Philadelphia, USA, on Saturday, 24 February 2018. Mike was born in 1932 in Sheffield, UK. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College) and continued his postgraduate training there in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He obtained his PhD in Physiology from University of London and following the completion of his training held several academic positions in the UK, and subsequently in the USA. At the time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus of Reproductive Biology in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell University Medical College in New York, USA, where he had also served as the Director of the IVF Laboratories between 1986 and 1990.
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