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Returning to Australia after 18 years as a visiting professor


IUPAC conferences in marvellous places
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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As I’ve mentioned one of the things that IUPAC [International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry] did was sponsor conferences and I went to many of these conferences where our own work in the Nottingham group was being discussed. And, fortunately, we went to marvellous places because many countries in the world wanted to sponsor conferences. So I, and my growing family, got to go to many interesting and fascinating places around the world. Also, as the work that we were doing became more and more known, I began to be invited as visiting professor and so, again, we were able to go to many countries and take up visiting professorships.

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: IUPAC, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Nottingham University

Duration: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011