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Thinking about the purpose of a university education


Planning help at Newcastle University
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Now, at Newcastle, I had to think about the courses. Suddenly, I had a third of the syllabus, and whilst I could give a lot of lectures and there were some other staff there, whom I’ll mention later, we really had to plan for a third of the syllabus and a third of the practical work. An enormous help to me was Ernest Aynsley – EE Aynsley – who was an Anglican minister of religion, but a superb fluorine chemist – he’d been associated with the fluorine chemistry group in Newcastle. And he was there, and there was Littlewood and Tony Trenwith was there as well. And we had discussions on this and it was clear that we needed new members of staff and I was able to appoint some post-doctoral people there to help with the lecture load, but it did mean that I had to think what the purpose of education was.

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, EE Aynsley, Antony Trenwith

Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011