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Giving demonstration lectures in Japan
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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As well as the research systems of course I was involved in undergraduate teaching as well, and Masuo Takeda had asked me to give some demonstration lectures and I had a very able assistant there, Takahashi, who is now himself a senior professor. He was a great help to me in mounting these experiments.

It’s clear that they did not have, at least at Toho University, a tradition of experiments performed for the junior classes, and the obvious sorts of things like using liquid nitrogen for specialised effects, using liquid oxygen to make flames, burning gases, crystallisations of things, the sorts of experiments that we are perhaps familiar with and thermo-luminescence, were less familiar to them.

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.

Listeners: Brian Johnson

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.

Tags: Toho University, Japan, Masuo Takeda, Masashi Takahashi

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011