Igor Bogdanoff, one of the brothers of the emblematic duo he formed with his twin Grichka, known in particular for having hosted the science fiction show “Temps X”, broadcast from 1979 to 1987, died on Monday January 3 in Paris. at the age of 72. “In peace and love, surrounded by his children and his family, Igor Bogdanoff left for the light on Monday January 3, 2022”, wrote his relatives in a message sent by his agent. Her brother had died six days earlier from Covid-19.
According to our information, the two Bogdanoff brothers were hospitalized on December 15 in the intensive care unit of the Georges-Pompidou hospital, after having contracted the Covid-19. According to a source close to the two brothers, they were not vaccinated against the disease.
Doctors in physics and mathematics, writers, television hosts, descendants of the Austrian aristocracy, figures of popular science for the general public and subjects of controversy for researchers … in more than forty years of public life, Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff (who replaced the spelling of their name in “Bogdanov”, signature of their works from the 1990s) have accumulated as much popular success as mockery on the mixture of genres they maintain, between theories on general relativity and passion for science fiction.
The romance of the origins of the Bogdanoffs, which they were the first to feed, participated as much in the mystery surrounding their characters as the story of the transformation of their faces: both have repeatedly denied the existence of a disease such as acromegaly or the use of cosmetic surgery. “We are, with Igor, experimenters, was limited to revealing Grichka in an interview, about the shape taken by their chins and cheekbones from the mid-1990s. In the experiment there are a number of small protocols. These are very advanced technologies, which is why the mystery has lasted so long. “
At the helm of the show “Temps X”, from 1979 on TF1, the Bogdanoff brothers stood out in the French audiovisual landscape with period special effects and hard-wearing silver suits, worn for nine seasons in front of numerous guests, such as Jacques. Attali, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jean-Claude Mézières, or even Frédéric Beigbeder, who at 13 made his first television appearance there. On the set, Igor and Grichka demonstrate objects of anticipation, more or less at the cutting edge of technology: “the translating machine”, “the magic dictation” or the “astro-computer”, which guesses your astrological chart from your date of birth.
In 1987, when TF1 was privatized, the program was stopped. So began for the duo a long period of media abstinence, and with it the first controversies.
The writing, in 1991, of the best-selling book God and science with the academician Jean Guitton provokes the anger of the Vietnamese astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan, who claims to find there passages from one of his books, The Secret Melody, published three years earlier. The dispute will be settled amicably, and the Bogdanoffs get down to writing their theses: “Quantum fluctuations of the signature of the metric at the Planck scale” supported in mathematics by Grichka from 1999, and “Topological state of space-time at scale 0” supported in physics by Igor in 2002.
The discovery of the two texts by the scientific community far exceeds their French reputation. The American physicist John Baez relays, in October 2002, a rumor agitating the researchers: the two French doctoral students would have succeeded in a “Sokal”, of the name of the physicist who made publish in 1996 an article completed in the form, but completely false. Through the works of the twins, which he describes as “Gibberish”, John Baez wants to denounce the pitfalls of selection in certain scientific journals.
The two brothers deny any hoax, but the episode goes back to the ears of a reporter from the New York Times, then from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), which in 2003 requested an expertise of the two theses by other researchers. Overwhelming for the Bogdanoffs, the report is made public by Marianne in 2010. “These theses have no scientific value”, say the researchers. Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff won a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper in 2014, before attacking the CNRS on the very legality of the report – they then called the committee “Scientific Stasi”. They will lose their case and will not obtain the requested compensation – 1.2 million euros.
In the meantime, the “Bogda” have become icons of a culture of the 1980s which are now kitsch, and produced two other scientific programs, for France 2 – “Rayons X”, from 2002 to 2007, then “A deux pas du futur”, between 2010 and 2011. In response to attacks targeting their legitimacy, they denounce a scientific community incapable of accepting an atypical point of view and castigate the media cabal.
Since then, the appearances of the twins have become rarer: Igor Bogdanoff makes headlines again when he is taken into custody in November 2017, following a complaint from a former companion, to whom he would have introduced himself break. In June 2018, they were indicted for “Vulnerable person scam”, suspected by the courts of having taken advantage of the vulnerability and financial largesse of a 54-year-old millionaire, who committed suicide on August 31, 2018. In addition to the Bogdanoff brothers, four other people were to be referred in this case to court correctional de Paris, January 20 and 21, 2022.