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.
In Bombay there’s of course the big Institute of Technology, but also the Bhabha Institute, and I visited both of those, gave lectures in them and was very much impressed with the work that was going on there.
Incidentally, one of the outcomes of this visit, which was perhaps unexpected, is that I had an excellent source thereafter of graduate students because, both from Bombay and from Delhi, I had several post-doctoral students and, indeed, later PhD students coming from India. And they were, without exception, extremely good scientists. I had them, of course, from other parts of India as well, but it was a particularly useful connection to have that, although the work that they were doing was not in my own particular area, it was important to see that.
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.
Bombay, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Delhi