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Water-like solvent work at Nottingham: Cliff Addison


Why did I move from Australia to England?
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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People often ask me, coming from Australia, why did you come to England? The climate, blah, blah, blah, and so forth… And part of the answer is, of course, my family situation – by this time I was married to a Norwegian girl, we took holidays in Norway. The other was, I love the cultural environment in being able to move around Europe and seeing so many different backgrounds. But the predominant one really was the intellectual excitement of being in a place where the tertiary education horizons were expanding so rapidly.

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: Australia, England, Norway, europe

Duration: 42 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011