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Sorting out the tripartite heads of chemistry


Founding an MSc course in spectroscopic properties
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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I forgot to mention when we were talking about Newcastle that one of the things we started was an MSc course, which was funded, on spectroscopic properties. It was a one year Masters course, where the students were paid for by SRC [Science Research Council], and we got funding for it, so we had a big group of students who started by doing lectures and then experiments in either NMR spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, far infra-red spectroscopy, these sorts of things, under various members of staff.

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, Science Research Council, Mössbauer spectroscopy

Duration: 40 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011