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Writing the definitive book on Mössbauer Spectroscopy


Those who helped with Mössbauer spectroscopy
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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My first graduate student in this – and he was the first in Newcastle that I had – was Terry Gibb. He was an excellent student, a highly gifted student in mathematics, and in Mössbauer spectroscopy. I got a position for an electronics engineer, Derek Cooper, who built our first Mössbauer spectrometers, before commercial ones were available. And so over the period of a year after the Gordon Conference, I was able to get a graduate student, and then a technician, or an electronics engineer, to build up the apparatus, and we were working, and Bob Greatrex came on, and then the other people.

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, Mössbauer spectroscopy, Gordon Research Conference, Terry Gibb, Derek Cooper, Robert Greatrex

Duration: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011