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.
Of course in Beijing there are many wonders as well, besides the central part, and further north there is the Great Wall of China, which naturally we went to. And all I can say is, you’ve got to be there to experience it, it is an extraordinary place. It’s a reconstructed part that they show to visitors, but that and the Ming Tombs, which are not very far away, are really an awe-inspiring sight. You... just overcome with humility at the technological feat that it was, and the political understanding and the military supervision that was required to do these things.
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.
Great Wall of China, China, Beijing, Ming Dynasty Tombs