Laurens Hammond

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Laurens Hammond was born in Evanston, Illinois back in 1895 to William and Louise.  When he was three his father committed suicide.  So, his mother moved to France and then to Germany for the next 11 years.  When they returned to the States in 1909 he was fluent in both languages.  In 1912, he received his first patent for a barometer that sold for one dollar.

He attended Cornell University majoring in mechanical engineering.  He graduated in 1916 with honors. During WWI, he served in the 16th, Regiment Engineers for the American Expeditionary Force, rising to the rank of captain.

He died in Cornwall, Connecticut in 1973, he was 78.

What you may not know about Laurens is that he invented the Hammond Organ and the Hammond Clock, the world’s first polyphonic musical synthesizer called the Novachord.  I’m not finished yet.  During WWII, he helped design the guided missile control systems, light-sensing devices for bomb guidance, new type of gyroscope.  All-in-all he held over 110 patents. 

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James,  Some people are so gifted and innovative! Thank you for sharing.

Jun 02, 2020 02:58 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray  here's a photo of Laurens Hammond sitting at the keyboard he invented...

Laurens Hammond - Scientist of the Day - Linda Hall Library

Jun 02, 2020 03:05 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Jun 02, 2020 03:41 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Talk about a man with a creative mind and Laurens must be in the conversation. Enjoy your day!

Jun 02, 2020 03:59 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi again, James... even I've heard of the Hammond organ and clock... although I didn't know the story behind them... and now I do!

Jun 02, 2020 04:14 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

With a 110 pattens he must not had too much of a personal life,

Jun 02, 2020 04:24 AM #6
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, what an amazing man. I always look forward to your posts.

Jul 03, 2020 12:56 PM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Roy Kelley -I certainly think I heard of the Hammond Organ.  A very talented man.

Jul 03, 2020 05:34 PM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James thanks to AR glitches I found this post of yours, the real reason I stopped in was to wish you a Happy Fourth of July, Endre

Jul 03, 2020 11:23 PM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I suspect many have heard of the Hammond Organ and the Hammond Clock. But over 110 patents? Amazing array of inventiveness!


Jul 08, 2020 08:45 PM #10
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