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Compiling an index of earlier vibrational spectra of compounds


Setting up Spectroscopic Properties
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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I suggested for one of the first ones, Spectroscopic Properties [Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds] – because that is one of the main... was one of the main ways of getting information – spectroscopic properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds. And there was one on nuclear magnetic resonance which sprung off separately from that later.

Now, that is still going on, 40 odd years later. It comes out annually and for the first nine years I was it. I was the Editor-in-General for the specialist periodical reports and in the end there were, I think, about getting on for 30 titles so you can imagine you’re getting a volume of 500 or 600 or 700 pages on one aspect, and there are 30 such volumes coming out each year. Clearly, you have to be selective in what you’re doing and what you’re buying and keeping up with.

But those spectroscopic properties were I think... we arranged it according to the wavelength of the... from far infrared and then there was electron quadrupole resonance, electron spin resonance. There was visible spectrum and of course Mössbauer spectra as well... and NMR, nuclear magnetic resonance. So those were the specialist periodical reports which are still being published and the team that I got to start with was in Newcastle because that was in the late ‘60s when the idea germinated first and then I carried that down and it was expanded, the group, when we came down to Leeds.

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: Spectroscopic Properties of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds, Necastle University, Leeds University, 1960s, Mössbauer spectroscopy

Duration: 2 minutes, 7 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011