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Bob Parry's similar boron work
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Bob Parry. He and his group had, I think, come to a similar conclusion, but that was on an isolated piece of work, and I think quite a large part of our later research programme developed along those lines. And essentially it was using certain parts of boron, for example in B6H10, which is, as its name implies, a six-fold structural shape, and there is a boron-boron bond there, and that could donate an electron into a three... electron bond with metals.

What happened, in fact, was that the structures that evolved from that were quite remarkable, and it became, in fact, such a big field, that even after I left Newcastle and went down to Leeds, I had a group involving particularly John Kennedy who developed this 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: Newcastle University, Leeds University, Robert Parry, John Kennedy

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011