Spanish economist, science TV show host Punset dies at 82

Eduard Punset, a Spanish intellectual known for his efforts to disseminate scientific knowledge through television, has died at age 82, his family has said

MADRID -- Eduard Punset, a Spanish writer, economist and lawyer known for his popular science shows on Spanish television, has died at age 82.

Punset was an economist who worked for the International Monetary Fund. He held a brief ministerial role in the early years of Spain's transition to democracy, and held a seat in the European Parliament from 1987 to 1994.

The family's statement said that Punset's "insatiable curiosity and eternal optimism" were at the heart of his efforts "to share ideas and knowledge."