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Patterns of the invisible


Education in Chemistry journal
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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At this time also the Chemical Society was thinking of the problems of teaching of chemistry at the university and at schools, and they started Education in Chemistry as a new journal. And I was very much involved in this and, in fact, had two pieces as I recall, one in the very first issue, and one in the first year, but later on. And one of the subjects that I had was ‘Models of Boron Hydrides’ and another one was the ‘Chemistry of Inert Gases’, which had until the ‘60s, been inert but then, of course, chemistry developed so that was an obvious place to have a piece for teachers of chemistry. And later on I also, I think in School Science Review perhaps, had one on ‘Chemical Exploration of the Moon’ because, as we’ll hear later, I got quite involved in... both the Russian and the American moon probe work.

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: Education in Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1960s, School Science Review, Russia, USA

Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011