UK pupils should have to continue their education until they are 21, Professor Brian Cox has said.
The Wonders Of The Universe presenter said that Britain had a pre-eminent position in science and engineering and that it should be exploited.
He told the Radio Times there should be compulsory tuition in the country's scientific, industrial and philosophical heritage.
The particle physicist said: "Forty per cent of people go into higher education now. What if you double that? Including tuition fees, it would cost about £21bn. That's on a total government spend of £720bn. How many Utopian visions are affordable? Well, this one is."
He also said Britain may be on the verge of another golden age.