Invitation: Book launch, ‘The Real Father of the Pill’

By January 3, 2019Books


Flanders House in the UK and Gompel&Svacina Publishers kindly invite MJA members to the book launch of

The Real Father of the Pill
By Karl van den Broeck

The story of doctor Ferdinand Peeters (1918-1998) and his role in the development of the pill, has held Belgium in thrall for almost a decade. It is time to introduce the ‘real’ father of the contraceptive pill to the rest of the world. The English translation of this remarkable book is now available.

After years of research Belgian journalist Karl van den Broeck concluded in 2010 that not the American Gregory Pincus was the inventor of the pill. His prototype had so many adverse effects that it wasn’t a viable option in the long term. It was the Belgian doctor Ferdinand Peeters who, in 1959-’60, created the first clinically applicable contraceptive pill: Anovlar.

Being a devout catholic, he remained silent about his research after the publication of ‘Humanae vitae’ in 1968.

In 2012 Van den Broecks findings were published in the leading scientific magazine The European Journal for Contraception and Reproductive Health. In a tv-documentary he and Bart Beckers interviewed the first European women who used the pill in the trials of Dr. Peeters.

The book and the documentary will be presented to the British press.


  • Nic Van der Marliere, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom will introduce the author.
  • Dr. Alana Harris, Lecturer in Modern British History at King’s College shares her insights on the book.
  • A few highlights of the documentary ‘The Real Father of the Pill’ will be shown.
  • Marc Peeters, the oldest son of Dr. Ferdinand Peeters and author Karl van den Broeck will be available for interviews.


January 17, 2019 from 18:30 until 19:15. Followed by a reception.


Bush House at King’s College, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG


If you’d like to attend this book launch, please send an email to:

Contact: Karl van den Broeck, + 32 477 33 07 41 –



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Sallie Robins

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