MR JOHN HAMMOND
The late John Hammond, a Sydney businessman, established the Fund in 1978 to raise funds for medical & scientific research and to lay the foundation for cooperative work between the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the benefit of both institutions. All grants made by the Fund are disbursed to the University of Sydney for projects nominated by the Fund's Trustees at both Universities.
In recognition of his tireless fund-raising efforts, Mr Hammond was presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the Hebrew University in 1981 and an Honorary Doctorate in 1991. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney in 1993 and was appointed Honorary Life President of the NSW Friends of the Hebrew University in 1980 in honour of his work for that organisation.
It was Mr. Hammond's view, and part of his vision for the Fund, that the development of therapies for still-intractable diseases required fundamental research. Projects supported by the Fund, both directly and through the Medical Foundation of the University of Sydney, have reflected this view.
Mr Hammond remained a Trustee of the Fund until shortly before his death in 1997 and was also a most generous benefactor of the Fund. The work of the Fund continues as an ongoing memorial to the man who inspired it.
Footnote to a Life
In addition to Mr Hammond's business and philanthropic achievements, he was also co-editor and publisher of what some have termed " the finest chess book they have ever come across". The book titled, C J S Purdy: His Life, His Games, and His Writings was later republished in the US under the title, The Search for Chess Perfection.
American publisher of chess books, Bob Long, recently set up a new chess magazine, Squares, and featured an article about Mr Hammond and his book in the first edition.
Read the article which is reproduced with the kind permission of Squares editor, Bob Long.
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