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My new group's work at Leeds University


Being the 'new boy' at Leeds University
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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So there was a largish group of senior people there, and so I had to be mindful of the fact that I was the new boy on the block. I happened to be the head of the department, but I certainly took care to respect what they were doing, because it was very distinguished work, and I hope I did nothing to upset their source of funds or the work that they were doing. We all seemed to get on very well indeed, and I certainly enjoyed the company and the camaraderie within the department.

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

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011