Oxford Brookes pays tribute to Honorary Graduate Professor Heinz Wolff

Monday, 18 December 2017

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It was announced on Friday (15 December) that Professor Heinz Wolff had died at the age of 89.

Professor 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.

Professor 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 this time.”