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GLEEP: The beginning of the British nuclear programme


The possibilities after Cambridge
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Now, when I left Cambridge, I’d, of course, thought what I might do. Originally, I had planned, I think, in my own mind, perhaps to do a post-doc in America for a couple of years, go back to Australia, get a lectureship there and have my career in Australia. But I had, as I’ve indicated, met Kirsten Rydland from Bergen; we became engaged and so it was rather a bigger step to think of going away, and particularly for her. And so I looked to spend a little bit more time in England and I was fortunate that I had the possibility of going to Harwell, the Atomic Energy Research Establishment which is about 20 miles south of Oxford.

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: USA, Australia, UK, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011