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Those who helped with Mössbauer spectroscopy


The help I received within Mössbauer spectroscopy
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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I have to say that both Rolfe Herber, who is now in Israel, and Goldanskii, who is unfortunately no longer with us, were enormously helpful to me as a beginner in this field, and there are many other people who were working then in America, and increasingly on the continent, Mössbauer’s group as well, I got to know very, very well, and Mössbauer himself, and there was a camaraderie and a helpfulness to new beginners which came in, and I benefited from that enormously. It was science collaboration at its best.

And the beauty of it was that no one was treading on anyone else’s field, because it was the whole of chemistry, so long as the compound had a Mössbauer nucleus in it, it could be studied. And you’d get new information.

Well, iron was the easiest, as I said. You had to do these experiments often at liquid helium temperature, so that was a new technique we had to master as well.

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: Israel, USA, Mössbauer spectroscopy, Rolfe Herber, VI Goldanskii, Rudolf Mössbauer

Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011