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Lecture trips to Japan


Multiple visits to Japan
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Can I tell you now a little bit about my experiences in Japan? I had a succession of Japanese post-doctoral workers and visiting scientists. And even before that I had visited Japan – and as things transpired I had the opportunity to go back there many times – in fact, I think we’ve been to Japan four of five times now, and for at least a month each time.

Part of this was because Masuo Takeda, who is... came to learn about Mössbauer spectroscopy, is in an important university in Tokyo, Toho University, and he invited me to be a visiting professor there over three years running in the early ‘90s... well actually just before that, ‘89 to ‘91 I think. And that was a complete revelation to me – I’ll come back to that because that’s almost the end of the story.

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: Japan, Mössbauer spectroscopy, Tokyo, Toho University, 1989, 1991, Masuo Takeda

Duration: 1 minute, 21 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011