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Exceptional secretaries


Why collaborate with Alan Earnshaw?
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Why did I choose Alan Earnshaw? Well I obviously wanted someone who was well versed in inorganic chemistry. Alan was a colleague of mine, he had a very easy-going style, both of writing and of existing, and he had already written, with Jack Lewis [sic], a small but very well known monograph on magnetochemistry, so I knew he knew the mechanics of publishing.

And so I asked him, I said, ‘Would you like to read this to see how it’s going?’ And he read through what I’d done. He said, ‘Gee this is great, why doesn’t anyone else write like this?’ He was very enthusiastic and I said, ‘Well if you like it Alan, would you help me finish it?’ And so he’d taken the bait and he discussed it with his wife, because he realised that that was going to be a commitment, which has an impact on families as well, so but he agreed to do. So we finished off the book together in that way.

So that was a rough story of how the book was generated and why it has the shape that it does have.

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: Introduction to Magnetochemistry, Chemistry of the Elements, Alan Earnshaw

Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011