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The increasing number of British universities


Applying for a lectureship at Nottingham after getting married
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Whilst I was there I also got married to Kirsten; we got married in Oxford at the Registry Office there. Ray Martin was my best man and Kirsten was staying, at that stage, with a colleague of mine in Harwell, Gwyneth Wayne as she then was, one of Ronny Bell’s PhD students from Oxford, and she later, interestingly married a professor in Copenhagen, Nord, so she became Gwyneth Nord and became a reader of chemistry in Copenhagen.

So, we were married and, in fact, the following year our first child was born, Karen, and it was clear that I would need to look for a more permanent position than the one that I had. And at that stage the University of Nottingham was newly formed and I applied for a lectureship there and was successful in that application.

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: Oxford, The Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Copenhagen, University of Nottingham, Kirsten Greenwood, Ray Martin, Gwyneth Wayne, Ronny Bell, Gwyneth Nord

Duration: 1 minute, 18 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011