Steven P. Rose (born July 4 1938 in London, United Kingdom) is a Professor of Biology and Neurobiology at the Open University and University of London. Rose studied biochemistry at King's College, Cambridge, and neurobiology at Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.[1] His research focuses on the biological processes involved in memory formation and treatments for Alzheimer's Disease. He has written several popular science books and regularly writes for The Guardian newspaper. From 1999 to 2002, he gave public lectures as Professor of Physiology at Gresham College, London. His work has won him numerous medals and prizes.

Rose is famously outspoken on political issues, being politicised by growing up in a Jewish family in London, England during World War II.[2] He is a prominent supporter of the academic boycott of Israel.[3] He has described himself as 'anti-Zionist'[4].

Rose is a critic of evolutionary psychology and adaptationism, and has written books with fellow scientist, Richard Lewontin.[5]

Rose is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4's ethics debating series The Moral Maze.[1] He is married to the sociologist Hilary Rose with whom he shared the Gresham professorship, and with whom he has written and edited a number of books including Alas Poor Darwin: arguments against evolutionary psychology

Professor Rose is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.

Steven Rose, with his wife Hilary, in response to Israeli military actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, advocated the initiation of a boycotts of Israeli academics in a widely publicized open letter to The Guardian on April 06, 2002.[6]


  • Rose, who is openly Marxist, has been criticized for allowing politically correct beliefs to interfere with hard science.[7]
  • His book, Not in Our Genes, was heavily criticized by Richard Dawkins, for attempting politically correct science. [8]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography at The Moral Maze.
  2. Andrew Brown, 2001. "The Political Scientist." The Guardian, 2001-12-15.
  3. Steven Rose & Robyn Williams, 2002. Interview with Steven Rose on The Science Show, ABC Radio National.
  4. Rose, Steven,, 2007
  5. Kamin, Lewontin & Rose, 1984. Not in Our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature.
  6. Andy Beckett and Ewen MacAskill. British academic boycott of Israel gathers pace, The Guardian, December 12 2002, accessed September 16 2006

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