Norman Greenwood (1925-2012) was born in Australia and graduated from Melbourne University before going to Cambridge. His wide-ranging research in inorganic and structural chemistry made major advances in the chemistry of boron hydrides and other main-group element compounds. He also pioneered the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to problems in chemistry. He was a prolific writer and inspirational lecturer on chemical and educational themes, and held numerous visiting professorships throughout the world.
Another aspect of our work concerns hydride chemistry, and it’s the hydride chemistry of the group 3 elements: boron, aluminium and gallium. Boron hydride became, actually, one of my major research interests. I had started work on it in Nottingham, as I think I’ve already alluded to, but it became a much larger part of our work as time progressed in an astonishing and exciting new way, which I’m going to reserve, and get your... whet your appetite for that – I'll come back to that, because I want to mention... because it didn’t lead quite so far... the work on aluminium and gallium hydrides.
Professor Brian FG Johnson FRS, FRSE, FRS Chem, FAcad Eu, FAS. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Edinburgh 1991-1995, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Cambridge 1995-2005, Master Fitzwilliam College Cambridge 1999-2005. Research interests include studies of transition metal carbonyls, organometallic chemistry, nano- particles and homogeneous catalysis. Professor Johnson is the author of over 1000 research articles and papers.