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Where did my chemistry research funding come from?


Doing research as well as teaching students
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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So that’s enough of undergraduate teaching and the ideas of teaching. The other part, of course, of work in the university department is research work. And I was very fortunate in being able to transfer virtually all my research group... I think only one of the graduate students, for personal reasons... stayed in Newcastle though he was very interested in the project he was doing, but all the rest transferred with me. And so I had two other big jobs besides the teaching: one was to get funds to fund the research, and the second, which was to do the research with the research group.

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

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011