The Great Egg Race, the cult science series that made Brunel University’s Professor Heinz Wolff a household name, can now be watched online by a new generation of budding engineers.
Professor Wolff, who joined Brunel University 27 years ago, was the judge and presenter of the much-loved BBC Two science series from 1979 until 1986.
The show, which has just been released by BBC Archive, turned science and engineering into entertainment.
Would-be inventors turned their hands from making a rubber band-powered device, to creating a tea-making machine out of household materials.
"I am still recognised in the street," said Professor Wolff, “and people tell me they watched the show as a child and that it sparked their interest in science.”
Now Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering, he founded the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering in 1983 and was its director until 1995. One of his many current projects is developing technology to improve the quality of life for the elderly.
His friend and colleague, Professor Ian Sutherland, said: "Heinz has always been a lot of fun to work with. He is still active in the Institute today and keeps us all on our toes."
Watch the Great Egg Race online (BBC Archive website)
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