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Why I went to post-war Germany as a student


My Scandinavian holiday ends
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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I then took the train down to Karlskrona, and that is the main naval base of Sweden, so I had to get permission because my sister lived on an island in the little archipelago off Karlskrona, a lovely part of the world in the Baltic. And so I had this special request to go and stay with her, and I stayed there with her and her husband and saw how she was living. And they had built a house there, and we saw the boats where they used to go fishing. He was a civil engineer in concrete, putting up a lighthouse somewhere, I think.

After that I went to Copenhagen, and again I had a contact whom I met, and was shown over Copenhagen by these people. They took me to the Glyptotek, the sculpture museum, all the castles, Amalienborg, which is a beautiful castle where the royal family live, and then of course we went up to Helsingør, which is the famous castle where Hamlet is set – Shakespeare’s Hamlet – and we just in all had a wonderful time. This was three young Danish people that I’d been put in contact with, and so that was in fact a lovely trip. And then on the fast train back, which ran on to the ferries and across Jutland to Ostend, and so back. So that was an exciting three or four weeks that I had finding out about Scandinavia.

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: Karlskrona, Sweden, Baltic Sea, Copenhagen, Glyptotek, Amalienborg Palace, Helsingør, Hamlet, Jutland, Ostend, Scandinavia

Duration: 1 minute, 51 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011