Malcolm Grimston was educated at Scarborough College and Magdalene, Cambridge, graduating in 1979 having read natural sciences and specialized in psychology. He worked as a chemistry teacher before joining the UK Atomic Energy Authority in 1987. In 1995 he joined Imperial College as a Senior Research Fellow and in 1999 became a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, where he is now an Associate Fellow. He is a regular media contributor on energy and nuclear matters. Among his publications are two books co-written with the late Peter Beck: Double or Quits the global future of civil nuclear energy and Civil nuclear energy fuel of the future or relic of the past? His latest paper, Electricity social service or market commodity, was published in July 2010; he is currently part of a consortium carrying out a government-funded project on sustainable nuclear energy. He is an elected member of Wandsworth Council in London and until 2009 had executive responsibility for environment and leisure.