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X-ray diffraction group at Leeds University


Three eminent chemists at Leeds University
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Perhaps I could mention some of the other people there, because you’ll certainly know some of them. A very distinguished group of chemists there. The three most senior ones, I would say, and certainly most productive, were Bernard Shaw, who subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Society, there was Geoff Sykes, who not immediately following me, but the one after, went up to Newcastle, and also subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the third one was Leslie Pettit, who’d been a student of Harry Irving’s in Oxford and who was well known in IUPAC and other circles for his very excellent work on thermodynamics of aqueous solutions.

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: Leeds University, The Royal Society, Newcastle University, Oxford University, IUPAC, Bernard L Shaw, Geoff Sykes, Leslie Pettit, Harry Irving

Duration: 55 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011