Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren was a leading authority on mammalian genetics and helped to develop the techniques that led to human in vitro fertilisation (IVF). During her research career, Anne McLaren published more than 300 scientific papers. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1975 and awarded one of the society’s Royal medals in 1990. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1986.
She was Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society from 1991 to 1996; president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1993-94; and Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution from 1992 to 1996.
In 2001 she won a Unesco award for women in science and the next year was awarded the Japan Prize, with Andrzej K Tarkowski, for her contributions to developmental biology. Well known for her work to promote more women in science, she was also president of the Association for Women in Science and Engineering.