Image of the Month: Professor Heinz Wolff

Our Image of the Month shows Professor Heinz Wolff at our Wellcome Witness Seminar 'Technology, Techniques, and Technicians at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) c.1960-c.2000'.

Professor Heinz Wolff BSc HonDSc HonFRCP FSB FIET (b. 1928) came to England from Germany in 1939. Having gained a place at Oxford University, he postponed his degree, working as a technician in the Department of Haematology at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford and at the Pneumoconiosis Research Unit at Llandough Hospital near Cardiff. He graduated in physiology and physics from UCL in 1954 and went to work in the Division of Human Physiology at the NIMR. In 1962 he founded the Division of Biomedical Engineering, of which he was Head until 1970 when he became Head of the Bioengineering Division of the MRC’s Clinical Research Centre. In 1983 he founded the Institute for Bioengineering at Brunel University, where he was Director until 1995, and is currently Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering. Wolff is also known for his television and radio work, including BBC Young Scientist of the Year and The Great Egg Race.