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Bushwalking and skiing


Playing tennis for fun
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Well, I have to say, Brian, it wasn't all hard work. There were long hours, worked Saturday mornings and also Wednesday evenings I had to work and then did my degree course part-time as well, but there was time on Saturday afternoons, and I played quite a bit of tennis in those days. We attended the local Congregational church – I think there's no Congregational churches now, it's fused with the Presbyterians to be the United Reform Church, but certainly in the 30s and 40s there was a Congregational church about a mile away which we went to for Sunday school and then later on I joined the tennis club, actually was Captain for a year just before I came over, and we used to have a good knock about with other teams in the area.

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: 1930s, 1940s

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011