Peter Brinsden was born in Peking, China and lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. He was educated at Rugby School and qualified from St George’s Hospital, London, in 1966, when he joined the Royal Navy, from which he retired in 1982 in the rank of Surgeon Commander. He gained his MRCOG in 1976 and FRCOG in 1989, choosing to specialise in fertility. He worked at Bourn Hall Clinic under Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards in 1985. Brinsden then joined the Wellington Hospital IVF Unit, at that time the world's largest IVF clinic, as Deputy Director. He was appointed Medical Director at Bourn Hall Clinic 1989 following the death of Patrick Steptoe. Since his semi-retirement in 2006 he has been the Consultant Medical Director, and now the Group Medical Director of Bourn Hall International.
Peter has Honorary or Visiting Professorships at the Capital Medical University, Beijing; Peking Union Medical College (where he was born!) and China Southern Medical University, Guangzhou. He travels widely to lecture, especially in the Middle East, India and China. He was Vice-Chairman of the Nelson Society until 2011 and was elected President of the British Fertility Society in 2009. His hobbies include wildlife photography, Dartmoor, sailing and his Grandchildren.