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The 1969 moon landing cancels my lecture


Seeing my family again in Perth after 18 years
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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From Cortina we went first by plane to Perth, where my mother was now staying and my brother, who had come to England later, done a PhD and was now back in Australia where he was a soil science researcher in CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation]. So I spent, with my family, a very pleasant time in Perth, and then went on through Adelaide to Melbourne. So that was one time and I gave a series of lectures there and met many old friends, obviously, at that time.

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, Perth, Australia, England, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Adelaide, Melbourne

Duration: 39 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011