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Other responsibilities of being Head of Department
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Perhaps that’s for the moment enough of the chemistry that I was interested in doing. At the same time of course there were other aspects of being Head of the Department which are perhaps worth recalling. I was a member of Senate and we were discussing general university policies but there were many areas of student politics, for example, which were important then. Students were becoming increasingly active to become part of university governance, and slowly they indeed gained some access to sitting on Senate and its representatives. The other things that senior professors had to do, of course, was select members of staff, appoint other chemists and then sit in various faculties, plus at one stage I was Chairman of the Faculty Board, essentially Dean of the Faculty of Science. There we had to talk about the interaction between departments and how they developed because of changing things, the expansions, halls of residence. I was on the Hall of Residence Committee as well.

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: 1 minute, 23 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011