Martin Johnson was Visiting Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney Australia (1999-2004) and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at La Trobe University Melbourne (2005-2006). He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1993-1999), Chairman of the British Society for Developmental Biology (1984-1989), and Head of the Anatomy Department, University of Cambridge (1995-1999). He was the first CIBA (now Novartis) Foundation Annual Public Lecturer (1990), Hammond Lecturer of the Society for the Study of Fertility (1992), Annual Public Lecturer of the Australasian Society for Human Biology (1993), Haliburton Lecturer at King's College London (1994), ST Huang-Chan Memorial Lecturer at Hong Kong University (1997), Ver Heyden de Lancey Lecturer in the Law School, Cambridge (2007) and first RG Edwards lecturer in Lisbon, 2012. In 1989 he was awarded the Albert Brachet Prize and the Diploma of Laureate of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, and was elected to the Society of Scholars of Johns Hopkins University. In 2004 he was elected a scientific Fellow of the Royal Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in 2005 Honorary Academic Fellow of St Paul's College, Sydney University, in 2011 a Fellow of the Society for Biology, and in 2012 a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2010, he was invited by the Nobel Committee to open the Symposium to celebrate the award of the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards. He is author of Essential Reproduction (seventh edition, Wiley-Blackwell 2013) and has authored over 270 papers on reproductive science, ethics, law, history and medical education. He is an editor of Reproductive BioMedicine Online.