Christopher Hammond was educated at The Gateway School, Leciester, The University of Cambridge (BA, 1964) and The University of Leeds (Ph.D, 1968). From 1968 to 2005 he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Metallurgy (later the Insitute for Materials Research) and carried out research on titanium alloys. He is a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and a Life Fellow of the University of Leeds. He has long experience of teaching with the University and RMS courses.
`Chris Hammond's book on crystallography, now in its 4th edition, is in my view one of the best available. ... [T]his is a fine book for anyone wanting to learn about crystallography. It is an enjoyable and informative read, and is one of my favourite books to recommend to students and colleagues alike. It should be on the shelf of any physicist, chemist, materials scientist or biologist, who has to navigate the subject.' Mike Glazer, In Focus `This makes it a very good introduction to crystallography.' Paul F. Fewster, Crystallography Reviews `a complete and valuable resource for any practicing crystallographer or upper-level student in crystallography. Highly recommended.' M. Rossi, CHOICE `Review from previous edition This is a timely, well-constructed book which should be seriously considered by every teacher of crystallography and can be recommended to anyone who wants to get to grips with crystallography and diffraction.' Journal of Microscopy `The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction brings a lot of classical information together into one place, and presents it in a way acceptable to a modern audience. It is well-structured, carefully written and a pleasure to read. There should be a copy on the shelves of every crystallography laboratory.' ACA RefleXions `This handsome book is ideal for any student or researcher who needs a basic understanding of crystallography and diffraction. The consistently high standard of presentation and explanation, the relatively low price (GBP30 for the paperback edition), and the fact that the book is now in its third edition tells you everything you need to know. This book is recommended for students and researchers who need an introduction to crystallography that is clear, informative, easy to follow and an excellent read.' Microscopy and Analysis `I find it very easy to recommend this text, without hesitation. The author's style of presentation is lucid and the book contains some excellent exercises to stretch the minds of students needing to acquire a facility with crystallography and diffraction. [...] This is a very well-established student text.' Materials Characterization `The book is nicely illustrated and attractively produced. It is warmly recommended to all students and researchers in crystallography, including chemists, condensed-matter physicists, material scientists, and others who are interested in the structures of crystals and in how they are determined.' Structural Chemistry `The book is aimed at students in all the disciplines which use crystallographic methods. If they are seriously interested in crystallography, this book is as close to ideal as they are likely to get, and very good value too. I thoroughly recommend Hammond's book as an enjoyable way of re-visiting old haunts.' Mineralogical Magazine `The fundamentals of crystallography and diffraction are set out in a convincing way in this book. The author has succeeded in explaining the two fields in a very communicative and relatively condensed way.' Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry `Throughout, this book is well written and thoughtfully illustrated. It provides an excellent grounding in crystallography. It may be the only book that bewildered non-crystallographers need.' Microscopy and Imaging News