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Reaching England


Passing through Aden
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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The other notable experience was at Aden, which is of course now in the news again through Yemen, and the like. But then, Aden was a British protectorate, British port, and I hadn’t actually realised that you have to go through the side of a crater to get into Aden. They’ve got a tunnel for the cameleers to go through, because the camels don’t like climbing up and going down again, but cars go through a cliff that is, or canyon, that is cut. And that was my first experience of bargaining with people, and seeing people earning money by taking it off the tourists, but that was also a great experience.

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: Aden, Yemen

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011