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Meeting Endre Berner and Odd Hassel


Beautiful Norway
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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On this first Scandinavian trip I stopped first at Voss, and then I was planning to go to Sognefjord and then over the Jotunheimen, which is a high range of mountains. But again my travel agent hadn’t told me that the ferries weren’t running in winter – well, it was Easter, actually – and the roads would not open until July. I had tickets, but they weren’t much use. So I had to spend the weekend, as it turned out, in Voss, but enjoyed meeting people at the pensionnat that I was at, and then took a mail boat around the fjord, a narrow fjord into Flåm, which is at the foot of an incredible railway that goes up to the main Bergen line. The Bergen-Oslo railway, which was started at the beginning of the 20th century and is one of the railways of the world, has a side arm down to one of the fjords, so I went around these incredible fjords and then up through a tunnel which goes a complete 360 turn in the mountain under one river and over another one, waterfalls everywhere, and up to the snowbound, as it still was, Myrdal, where I caught the main train.

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, Voss, Sognefjord, Jotunheimen, Flåm, Myrdal

Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011