With a BA in biochemistry from Cambridge and a PhD in microbiology from University College London, Vivian Moses held a couple of junior posts in London before spending 12 years as a postdoc and then a research director at the University of California in Berkeley. He returned to the UK in 1971 to the chair of microbiology at Queen Mary College (London) where he remained until formally retiring in 1993.
That was the start of a new career based partly at King's College London where, as visiting professor of biotechnology, he researches the spread of information helping people at large to understand the promise and problems of biotechnology. He was co-ordinator of three EU programmes looking at biotech. education and consumer attitudes in the Member States and some others. Since 2000 he has been Chairman of CropGen, an information service which makes the case for crop biotechnology to the public.