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Inefficient deuterium research at Harwell


Obtaining a Harwell research fellowship
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Now the background, of course, to being able to achieve this was to have the facilities which had to be built and my old research supervisor from Melbourne, Stuart Anderson, was the deputy head of the chemistry department there. And he had suggested that I apply for a senior Harwell research fellowship; it was a post-doctoral fellowship; it was well-paid and was a very free-ranging fellowship, and I could do whatever research I wanted. So I applied for this and fortunately got such a fellowship, went over to Harwell and established myself there. My overall aim was to pick up the techniques of radiochemistry which I thought might be useful in some of the work that I was doing. And so part of the work that I did was actually to join the Isotope School and learn how to handle safely radioactive materials – how to make measurements; the instrumentation and so forth. So that was another technique, if you like, in my armoury for doing research.

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: Melbourne, The Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Isotope School, Stuart Anderson

Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011