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Multiple visits to Japan


The one-industry cities in China
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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On the way out from Beijing to the Wall of China and the Ming Tombs, we passed several large towns, really large cities we would almost call them, and I would say, ‘Oh, what are the main industries here?’ And the first answer came, ‘Oh, this city makes thermos flasks’. And the next one was making treadle sewing machines perhaps or bicycles, and they seemed, in my understanding, it was a one-industry town. I don’t know how it’s run now, but... they’re clearly differently, but it was quite an eye-opener to see that.

But in all, just as in my brief trip of India, I had already had some students from China, but got many more coming as a result of this and was glad to see 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, Beijing, Great Wall of China, Ming Dynasty Tombs, India

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011