J. Vic­tor Small gained a Ph.D. in bio­physics at King’s Col­lege Lon­don Uni­ver­sity in 1969. He then took up a research lec­ture­ship at Aarhus Uni­ver­sity Den­mark, in the Insti­tutes of Bio­physics and Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy, work­ing on the struc­ture and bio­chem­istry of smooth mus­cle.

From 19782003 he headed the Depart­ment of Physics/ Cell Biol­ogy at the Insti­tute of Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy of the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences in Salzburg, Aus­tria. The research inter­ests of the depart­ment included a con­tin­u­a­tion of research on smooth mus­cle as well as on the mech­a­nism of cell motil­ity. The lat­ter work focused on elu­ci­dat­ing the role of the cytoskele­ton in cell move­ment and guid­ance.

From 20042013 Vic Small was a senior group leader at the newly estab­lished Insti­tute of Mol­e­c­u­lar Biotech­nol­ogy of the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences in Vienna. Dur­ing this lat­ter period he exploited the emerg­ing tech­nique of elec­tron tomog­ra­phy to reveal new details of the nano-machinery of migrat­ing cells.

Vic and his Aus­trian wife Michaela have three chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren.