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Being the 'new boy' at Leeds University


X-ray diffraction group at Leeds University
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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There was also a big X-ray diffraction group, because before Harry Irving had been professor, Sir Gordon Cox had been professor, and as you know, he was a very distinguished crystallographer. Not so interested, I have to say, in inorganic compounds, but the chair that I went to, and one that I thought was very well named, was Inorganic and Structural Chemistry. And I was very much aware of the structural aspect of what I was doing, and there were a couple of crystallographers there. Geoff Pringle, who retired shortly after I came, and Wally McDonald, who was also a good crystallographer... younger man. And there was a chap called Bradley who was there, who was a solid state chemist, particularly high pressure chemistry. He was an expert in high pressure chemistry.

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: Sir Gordon Cox, Gordon Cox, Geoff Pringle, Wally McDonald

Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011