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Religious colleges at Melbourne University


Bushwalking and skiing
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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The two other sports that I enjoyed very much were bushwalking, which is perhaps a bit unfamiliar to people in Europe but in Australia you must remember that although Sydney and Melbourne and now some of the other capitals are very large, one, two million people in those days, outside the edge of the city there is bush. And that is marvellous walking country, almost in virgin bush in many cases, many places to see and in winter on eucalyptus skis, which I still have in the garage, we went skiing. Skiing became a very important sport in Australia, in the Australian Alps, after the war and I was amongst the early ones who went up there and did skiing in pretty rough conditions, I have to say, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

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: Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Australian Alps

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011