Michael Rose attended the University of Sussex in 1976, where he conducted his doctoral studies on aging in Drosophila melanogaster (the common fruit fly).
There he began his work on the evolution of aging and substantially postponed aging in fruit flies. In 1991 his Evolutionary Biology of Aging appeared, offering a view of aging that was a complete departure from the views that had dominated the aging field since 1960. In 1992 Michael received the President’s prize from the American Society of Naturalists and in 1997 he was awarded the Busse Research Prize by the World Congress of Gerontology. In 2004, he published a technical summary of his work on the postponement of aging, Methuselah Flies, followed in 2005 by a popular book on the topic, The Long Tomorrow: How Advances in Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Postpone Aging. In addition, Michael Rose has published general books on evolution: the wide-ranging Darwin’s Spectre, Evolutionary Biology in the Modern World, and the copiously illustrated Evolution and Ecology of the Organism.