Friends and colleagues remember the man and his research in this unique collection of personal video diaries

Malcolm Green

Malcolm Green (FRS, FRSC, Emeritus Professor University of Oxford) was Geoffrey’s first student after he arrived at Imperial College, and remembers the exciting time around the start of organometallic chemistry. Pioneering work on ferrocene, identifying the first metal hydrides with early NMR spectroscopy, and the general problems with characterisation of these new materials.

Ernesto Carmona

Ernesto Carmona (Professor Inorganic Chemistry, University of Seville) remembers his time in Geoffrey Wilkinson’s research group at Imperial College London.

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards’ (PhD 1976-79 at Imperial College) personal recollections of studying under Geoffrey Wilkinson, coping with a supervisor who was always challenging, though supportive and inspirational. Peter’s PhD was on rhenium clusters with metal-carbon bonds, though he later collaborated with Geoffrey on oxo-rhenium alkyls – where the first attempt at synthesis nearly burned the department down!

Peter is an honorary Professor at the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University

Bruno Chaudret

Bruno Chaudret (Director, LPCNO, INSA, CNRS, Toulouse) remembers a fantastic time working with Geoffrey Wilkinson, and other members of his research team at Imperial College.

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green’s personal recollections, and working on photoelectron spectroscopy of organometallics with Geoffrey Wilkinson.

Manfred Bochmann

Manfred Bochmann (Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at UEA Norwich) remembers an interesting time as a PhD student at Imperial College under Geoffrey Wilkinson.

David Cole Hamilton

David Cole Hamilton (Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews) remembers his time in Geoffrey Wilkinson’s research group at Imperial College London.

Videos were produced by Nick Cole-Hamilton, with Sandy Russell