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Making friends en route to Newcastle


Plans to holiday in Scandinavia
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Well, I think what I should tell you something about now is the second vacation that I had. The first was skiing in the Italian Alps. This one was to go on a trip of Southern Scandinavia. My sister in 1946 had married a Swedish man in the merchant... the Swedish Merchant Navy, who got caught in the war and couldn't get back to Sweden, so was plying the Pacific Ocean, and that's how he met my sister. But she had then married and gone to live in the south of Sweden. And I was anxious, obviously, to see her because we hadn't been together for quite a while, but also, being an Australian, and thinking at that stage that I might well be going back to Australia, I thought I had better see Norway and Denmark as well as Sweden.

So I planned out a trip, and in brief, it was to go up to Newcastle, catch the ferry to Bergen, go across to Oslo and then to Stockholm on the east coast of Sweden, down to the south near Karlskrona where my sister lived, and then back via Copenhagen and so back to Cambridge.

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: Scandinavia, 1946, Swedish Merchant Navy, Sweden, Pacific Ocean, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Newcastle, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, KarlsKrona, Copenhagen, Cambridge

Duration: 1 minute, 32 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011