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Working on iodine pentafluoride


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Norman Greenwood Scientist
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So building up instrumentation was another thing. Well, getting funds and having instruments is only the beginning, you’ve got to use them on something – you’ve got to have ideas. And that was one thing we were never short of. It was a very productive group, everyone had bright ideas. Pete Perkins joined for a while after being in Sheffield, he came up as a lecturer on the staff. Joyce Lockhart came from Royal Holloway College, and did reaction kinetics on three atoms… on three-coordinate centres, like boron. And several other people joined us as well 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: Sheffield University, Royal Holloway College, UCL, University College London, Peter Perkins, Joyce Lockhart

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011