Oxford Brookes pays tribute to Honorary Graduate Professor Heinz Wolff
Monday, 18 December 2017
It was announced on Friday (15 December) that Professor Heinz Wolff had died at the age of 89.
Wolff’s illustrious career was recognised by Oxford Brookes in 1999 when he was
awarded an honorary degree by the University.
Born in Berlin, Professor Wolff attended the City of Oxford school
before beginning his scientific career as a lab technician at the Radcliffe
Infirmary in Oxford.
He went on to have a sixty-year career in scientific
research which included a focus on bioengineering.
Professor Wolff was also involved in the work of both the
European Space Agency and the British National Space Centre and in 1983 founded
the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering. Over the course of his academic career
he authored or co-authored around 120 papers in scientific journals.
He became known to millions of people in the UK as host of
the pioneering TV programme The Great Egg
Race which ran from 1979 to 1986.
Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, commented: “We were saddened to hear the news
that Professor Heinz Wolff had passed away. He was an individual who was not
only an expert in his field, but someone who was able to communicate the wonder
of science and engineering to a wider population.
“Oxford Brookes is
proud to have awarded Heinz an honorary degree in recognition for his numerous
achievements. Our thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family at