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Seeing my family again in Perth after 18 years


Returning to Australia after 18 years as a visiting professor
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Another thing that developed, as I got better known from the work that we were publishing, was that I got invited to various places as visiting professor, and after the Cortina d’Ampezzo meeting, that we’ve just been talking about in ‘67, I was invited by my old friend, Ray Martin, to go back to Melbourne as a visiting professor. He was, by that time, professor there and it was 18 years since I had left Australia but, because of what I had been doing, and married, and by now I had three children, I had not been back home. So it was a very pleasant opportunity to do that.

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: Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1967, Melbourne, Australia, Ray Martin

Duration: 49 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011