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The end of civilisation


Preparations for the Lapland expedition
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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It was, as I indicated, above the Arctic Circle. The north of Norway is north of Greenland, clear north of the north of Alaska. It really is far north, and the North Cape is of course the most northerly part of Europe, and the ship had to go around that and on further east. So we travelled up. We had to take our tents with us. Odd, Kirsten’s sister’s fiancé, took a fishing rod because he fancied trying to fish up there in the wonderful rivers that they had, and we had to take food for the journey. So it was quite an expedition and we had pretty heavy packs to go on.

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: Norway

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011