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A dissatisfied student


I taught the senior students
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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I was giving courses both in boron hydride work and in Mössbauer spectroscopy to senior students, and they had to have credits for this towards their degree. The degree system was that you had a course which would last for several months. You would then be examined in that course at an appropriate time, and that would be graded A, B or C with pluses and minuses, and that would go on your record and you would then be a straight A or an A or B student and so forth.

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: Mössbauer spectroscopy

Duration: 41 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011