Aspects of Life of Mary Warnock
But it is her no-nonsense approach to ethical dilemmas in embryology that has left the greatest mark on public policy.
Archie Wilson had been housemaster and teacher of Modern Languages at Winchester College in Winchester. In late 1923 he caught diphtheria during a school-wide outbreak and died, leaving behind five children and a newly pregnant wife. Warnock's eldest brother Malcom Wilson had what would later be diagnosed as a sever case of autism and lived most of his life in various medical and mental-health institutions. After Malcom came Jean, Duncan, Grizel, Stephana, and finally Helen Mary. The Wilson family also had a nanny, Emily Coleman, who stayed with them from 1920 until she died in in Mary's sister's house in 1976, at the age of ninety-four.
Ayer had recently left for London, Warnock noted that his influence ‘seemed most difficult to shake off’.
The first (1974–78) reported on the education of handicapped children and young persons and resulted in Special Educational Needs (1978). The second and most influential inquiry dealt with the ethics of embryos and human fertilisation entitled A Question of Life: The Warnock Report on Human Fertilisation and Embryology (1984 reprinted 1985) which was published six years after the birth of the first test-tube baby. She returned to writing about issues related to the ethics of human reproduction in Making Babies: Is There a Right to Have Children? (2002).
Embryo Therapy: The Philosopher’s Role in Public Debate. In: Bromham DR, Dalton ME, Millican PJR, editors. Ethics in Reproductive Medicine. London: Springer Verlag; 1992. pp. 21–31. (p. 31).
On Warnock’s early life and education, Warnock Mary. People and Places: A Memoir. London: Duckworth; 2000. pp. 1–15.