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Spotting the lyrebird


My squash partners
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Now, the other big thing, apart from being very handy for commuting, was that Trinity had squash courts and there I learnt to play squash, again not particularly well, not like Ray Martin, for example, who was Tennis Blue when he was at Cambridge. I was at a much lowlier standard but had a good game.

In fact one of the people I used to play was a former colleague of yours that you'll know, Bob Honeycombe, who was one of my father's students, one of the first students in metallurgy at research level in Melbourne University and he came over to England as well, to Cambridge and, as you know, became Treasurer of the Royal Society and Goldsmiths' Professor at Cambridge. Well, he and I used to have quite a good knockabout in squash, so it wasn't all work but certainly bushwalking, tennis, skiing and squash were the main sports that I had.

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: Cambridge University, University of Melbourne, UK, Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science, Ray Martin, Robert Honeycombe

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011