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Another notable: Wolfgang Pauli


The quality of Cambridge University
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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The other thing about Cambridge was the quality of the place – I mean, you couldn’t help being impressed by this. In the Chemical Society, which held weekly meetings, Fridays at five o’clock, if I remember rightly, the people that came in were people I had been reading papers of in Melbourne, there were people that I knew, or I knew of – I had never met them before – and some of them were awful, some of them not.

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: University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Chemical Society

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011