Steven Rose

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. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/religion/steven_rose.shtml Biography at "The Moral Maze".] ] 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. [Andrew Brown, 2001. " [http://education.guardian.co.uk/academicexperts/story/0,1392,618984,00.html The Political Scientist] ." "The Guardian", 2001-12-15.] He is a prominent supporter of the academic boycott of Israel. [Steven Rose & Robyn Williams, 2002. [http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ss/stories/s567309.htm Interview with Steven Rose on "The Science Show"] , ABC Radio National.] [His open letter to "The Guardian" on April 6, 2002 has been widely publicized. Andy Beckett and Ewen MacAskill. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,858363,00.html British academic boycott of Israel gathers pace] , The Guardian, December 12, 2002, accessed September 16, 2006] He has described himself as 'anti-Zionist'. [Rose, Steven, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Steven_Rose, 2007]

With Richard Lewontin and Leon Kamin, Rose championed the "radical science movement." [Kamin, Lewontin & Rose, 1984. "Not in Our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature".] These colleagues, along with Stephen Jay Gould assailed sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and adaptationism. The three wrote "Not in Our Genes" (1984), laying out their opposition to "Sociobiology" (E. O. Wilson, 1975), "The Selfish Gene" (Richard Dawkins, 1976), and other works promoting an evolutionary explanation for human social behavior. Dawkins, in turn, accused the authors of giving "ideology priority over truth". [ [http://www.simonyi.ox.ac.uk/dawkins/WorldOfDawkins-archive/Dawkins/Work/Reviews/1985-01-24notinourgenes.shtml Not in Our Genes - Dawkins Review ] ]

Rose is a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4's ethics debating series "The Moral Maze". 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.

Bibliography

*"Not in Our Genes" (With Richard Lewontin & Leon Kamin) 1984, ISBN 0-394-72888-2
*"The Chemistry of Life" 1991 (first published in 1966), ISBN 0-140-27273-9
*"The Making Of Memory" 1992, ISBN 0-593-01990-3
*"Alas, Poor Darwin: Arguments against Evolutionary Psychology" 2000 ISBN 0-609-60513-5
*"Lifelines" 2005, ISBN 0-09-946863-8
*"The 21st Century Brain" 2005, ISBN 0-224-06254-9
*"The Future of the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Tomorrow's Neuroscience" 2005, ISBN 0-195-15420-7

ee also

*List of British Jewish scientists
*List of Gresham Professors of Physic

References

External links

* [http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/bios/rose.html Profile on "The Third Culture"]
* [http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/pinker_rose/pinker_rose_p1.html Debate with] Steven Pinker
* [http://www.counterbalance.net/bio/srose-body.html Biography at "Counterbalance"]
* [http://education.guardian.co.uk/academicexperts/story/0,1392,618984,00.html Profile in "The Guardian" newspaper]


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