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The trip of a lifetime


Skiing in Norway for Easter vacation
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Now, at the end of each term we went on vacation. In the Easter vacation we went to Norway, skiing; I’ve mentioned that I had met Kirsten, a Norwegian lass, and she and her cousin and Ray and I went up to a little village, I suppose one could call it, called Reimegrend, up in the mountains between Bergen and Oslo. Snow conditions were superb, and we had a wonderful time up there. They were staying at a different pensionnat about a kilometre away, but we skied together each day and had meals together.

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: Bergen, Oslo, Ray Martin

Duration: 46 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011