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The Royal Society of Chemistry qualifications


The Royal Society of Chemistry
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Well, to be brief, the new Society was formed in ‘71 and started functioning in ‘72. It was amalgamation and it was decided to... I won’t go into the detailed structure. That’s not appropriate. But it was one of the main features that there were individual sections of the society which had the same status as the original independent societies. So the Faraday Society was already named after a distinguished early English chemist. Organic chemistry was now represented by the Perkin Division of the Chemical Society. The inorganic section, which I was most concerned with, was called the Dalton Division for obvious reasons and there was an analytical section as well. So each of the Presidents of these separate sections had seats on the Council of the new Chemical Society and were quasi-independent but working under the umbrella of the full organisation. So in that way the present structure of the now Royal Society of Chemistry came into being and has functioned extremely well since then.

One of the main functions was again external relations, interactions with other societies in other countries and indeed in this country and so a section was devoted to that and I was the Deputy Chairman of that section so was very much involved in the international aspects of our work.

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: The Royal Society of Chemistry, 1971, 1972, Faraday Society, Perkin Division of the Chemical Society, Dalton Division

Duration: 2 minutes, 1 second

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011