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Souvenir from the Taj Mahal


Visiting India on a sponsored tour
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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In India, and we’re talking now about the late ‘70s early ‘80s, I had a sponsored tour of India and the tour took me first to New Delhi and then to Jaipur in Rajasthan down to Bombay and to see some of the institutes down there. 

In Delhi I went of course to see the Indian Institute of Technology which had just at that stage been built.  As in America, where they have their land grant universities, in India, after the separation of India and Pakistan - and we’re talking 1948 now - the Indian Institutes of Technology were started.  They are superb institutions modelled on Imperial College and MIT more or less with their own Indian aspects to it but they are highest quality research and undergraduate teaching in the sciences and engineering and I went to the New Delhi Indian Institute of Technology and to the Indian National Science Laboratories.  Both of those I was enormously impressed with and the work they were doing and I also appreciated that they were both air conditioned because at the time I was visiting, which was just pre-monsoon, it was pretty hot and pretty oppressive.

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: India, 1970s, 1980s, New Delhi, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Bombay, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology, Pakistan, 1948, Imperial College, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Indian National Science Laboratories, National Physical Laboratory of India, Agra, Taj Mahal

Duration: 2 minutes, 2 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011