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Negotiations for the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at Newcastle University


I held the first Chair of Inorganic Chemistry in the UK
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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So Newcastle was going through the stages of becoming independent, and by 1963 it had in fact become the independent University of Newcastle upon Tyne. As I said, one of the reasons I was in England, was this excitement of new universities being established. I think actually, technically, I was the first established Chair of Inorganic Chemistry in the country. There were, of course, several inorganic chemists who had chairs, Harry Emeléus in Cambridge, Geoff Wilkinson in Imperial College, Ron Nyholm in London, but they were professors of chemistry who happened to be inorganic chemists; this was established as an inorganic chair.

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: Newcastle University, 1963, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge University, Imperial College, UCL, University College London, Harry Emeléus, Geoff Wilkinson, Ronald Nyholm

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011