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'The Doc'


Working hard as a part-time student
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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So, I was very fortunate in my undergraduate classes but, as I said, I had to work hard because it was war, CSIR was working a 50 hour week, I had chemistry during the day but then I had to read physics and mathematics in the evening plus French, so it was a pretty full day. We did physics practical work until, I think, nine o'clock at night, that was another good thing about Melbourne, that you could work as an evening student, and I've always had great admiration for people that go through the university part-time because that was exactly what I was doing. So, we had long days but we enjoyed it and that was what it was.

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: CSIR, University of Melbourne

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011