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 coming from Australia, I had memories of some of my fellow pupils at school, not so much at university, but who’d gone to the war and there were some horrible experiences in New Guinea and in the islands and Singapore and the Burma Rail and so forth, which I don’t dwell on. But I have to say that, by and large, that is in the past, both for Europeans and for the Japanese, and I think that is a very good thing. There’s much to be admired and learnt actually from Japan.
Title: 'Much to be admired and learned from Japan'
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.
Australia, New Guinea, Singapore, Burma, Japan