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Sight-seeing in Japan


Lecture trips to Japan
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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In earlier trips, I had been first of all on a trip with Kirsten on a lecture tour, in fact, through Japan, landing, of course, first at Tokyo and then going right over to the south-west, the extreme island there, at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And in case you don’t immediately remember the geography of Japan, it’s a succession of islands going up the eastern coast of Asia. And the largest island, the one that Tokyo is on, has a chain of mountains, so there’s the two coastal sites are somewhat separated. Right at the top is Hokkaido, and down in the west is another large island.

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, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Hokkaido

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011