Following a degree in biochemistry at Cambridge, a PhD in neurochemistry in London and post doc periods in Oxford, Rome and London, Steven Rose was appointed Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain and Behaviour Research Group at the Open University at the age of 30 in 1969, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is also Visiting Professor at University College London. His research centres on the neurobiology of learning and memory concerning which he has published more than 300 papers and reviews and which is currently focussed on developing a therapy for Alzheimer's Disease.
Throughout his career he has also been actively concerned with the ethical legal and social implications of developments in science, especially genetics and neuroscience, He has received a variety of medals and international awards, most recently the prestigious Edinburgh Medal. He has written or edited 15 books including The Making of Memory (science book prize 1993, new edition 2003), Lifelines and Alas Poor Darwin (with feminist sociologist Hilary Rose). His latest book is The 21st Century Brain: explaining mending and manipulating the mind. He is a regular panel member of Radio 4's The Moral Maze. BBCTV4 transmitted a filmed profile of him in 2003.