Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies

Heinz Wolff on his quiz show

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Heinz Wolff’s show challenged scientists to create weird and wonderful gadgets

Renowned scientist and TV presenter Heinz Wolff has died, aged 89.

The German-born inventor, famed for hosting BBC Two’s long-running science show The Great Egg Race, died of heart failure on 15 December, his family said in a statement.

A former advisor to the European Space Agency, he later moved to London’s Brunel University to work on projects linked to the ageing population.

Brunel colleagues described him as an “inventive and inspirational leader”.

A Jewish refugee, Wolff moved to the UK from Berlin aged 11 on the day World War Two broke out in September 1939.

He went on to graduate from University College London with a first-class honours degree in physiology and physics.

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