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Language difficulties when lecturing in China


A sponsored tour to China
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Another sponsored tour that I took, and this was in 1985, was to China. And, of course, the China of 1985 was vastly different from the China of today, 2011, but it was nevertheless a very interesting experience.

I was asked to go to Wuhan University, which is in Hubei Province in the centre of China on the great Yangtze River. And by great I mean Great, one has to go and see some of these huge Asian rivers to realise the size of 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: China, 1985, Wuhan University, Hubei Province, Yangtze River

Duration: 49 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011