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Setting up Spectroscopic Properties


Genesis of the Specialist Reports
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Well, I made the suggestion – I was on the Publications Committee, of course, of the Chemical Society at that time – I made in committee the suggestion, and two or three other people had had similar ideas and we supported each other, that what we really needed was specialist periodical reports in addition to the annual report. The annual report should back off and just take smaller themes which were of real importance, or of startling discoveries and talk about those, but for the professional inorganic chemist, and equally for organic, physical, analytical and so forth, they needed more about inorganic chemistry and more about the techniques of doing it.

So I proposed the suggestion that was widely accepted to have Specialist Periodical Reports in named aspects of the subject. These weren’t to replace the annual reports but to supplement them.

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: Chemical Society

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011