Dr Crawford Winlove grew up in London, and was educated at the University of Bristol. Crawford was introduced by Dr Robert Meech to the possibility of identifying the biophysical basis of behaviour in simple animals. As a result, after a period of fundraising for Amnesty International, Crawford returned to Bristol to complete a PhD with Prof. Alan Roberts FRS. This research used in vivo patch-clamp electrophysiology to understand the role of spinal neurons in animal models of behaviour. Following the completion of his PhD Crawford was invited to join the prestigious Human Brain project at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), but declined to pursue his developing interest in the roles of cognitive processes in human goal-directed behaviour. Crawford accepted an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol, and a Teaching Fellowship at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009. Crawford was appointed as a Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Exeter in 2011, and became a Senior Lecturer in 2018.