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Nicolas  HAMMOND

 

 Nicolas Hammond nato il 3 agosto del 1964 a Attenborough, una cittadina una decina di Km ad Ovest di Nottingham, ha studiato prima alla Nottingham High School e poi al Gonville and Caius College di Cambridge dove si laureato.

 Nel 1986 si trasferito negli Stati Unti, stato sposato con Stephanie Kinsey  che gli ha dato tre figli, ma ora sono divorziati.

 Nicolas uno specialista del Cubo di Rubik ed ha un record di soluzione ottenuto durante una trasmissione televisiva di soli 36 secondi! Ha anche scritto un rinomato libro sull'argomento.

 Nel 1991 ha iniziato la sua carriera di speaker ed arbitro dell'Hockey su Prato.

 Nel 1996 ha fondato un paio di imprese specializzate nelle transazione sicure via Internet che poi ha venduto pochi anni pi tardi.

Dal 2002 si dedicato al Bridge agonistico conseguendo l'abilitazione a dirigere ed insegnare.

Come giocatore ha iniziato ad avere qualche piazzamento di riguardo nel circuito americano giocando in coppia con Ed Foran il suo "Atlanta Club" (un sistema di sua ideazione a base di fiori forte).

Nicolas Hammond (born August 3, 1964) is a British author, Rubik's cube expert, bridge player and businessman. He has lived in America since 1986. He made the world's first Internet banking transaction.

Nicolas Hammond was born in Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, England. He was awarded an academic scholarship to Nottingham High School and an academic scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 and was awarded a master's degree in 1990.

Hammond has been married to Stephanie Kinsey since 1998; they have two sons and one daughter and now they are divorced.

Hammond was introduced to the Rubik's Cube in 1979 by Peter Horrill, head of mathematics at Nottingham High School. The early cubes often broke and Hammond started corresponding with David Singmaster who was importing and selling Rubik's cubes. Singmaster wrote how fast Hammond was solving the Rubik's Cube (28 seconds) in his Rubik's Notes and later in his Cubic Circular he was a star a football. By 1980, Hammond had the fastest times for solving the Rubik's Cube. Reader's Digest, Scientific American(March 1981) and TIME Magazine (March 1981) covered Hammond as one of the world's first cube-meisters.

Hammond was the fastest qualifier for the first British Rubik's Cube Championship when he won the Midlands heat of the British Rubik's Cube Championship with a time of 35.38 seconds but did not win the event.

Hammond used a computer to determine an upper bound for the Rubik's Cube U group of 21 moves.

On January 24, 1981, Hammond appeared on BBC TV's live Saturday morning show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop with Erno Rubik and solved the Rubik's Cube in 37 seconds. This was the first solving of the Rubik's Cube on national television in England. Two weeks later, five others tried to beat this time, the closest was 57 seconds.

Hammond solved the cube on other television shows including The Paul Daniels Magic Show, Midlands Today, ATV Today, as well as appearing on The Adventure Game with Graeme Garden, Carol Chell and Lesley Judd on November 2, 1981.

In December 2006, almost 25 years after his first appearance on TV, Hammond appeared on It Started With Swap Shop and solved the Rubik's cube in 36 seconds.

Hammond wrote the book How To Solve The Cube In 37 Seconds (1981), DRG Blackhall.

The book describes the various techniques that Hammond uses to solve the cube. It is based on the bottom, middle, upper layer approach and includes tables to help improve speed. The book also includes a simple, five move, solution to solve the Rubik's

Hammond founded NJH Security Consulting, a company specializing in performing Internet security audits for banks, stockbrokers, stock markets in 1996. He also started Intelligent Shopping, a company that created software for purchasing highly secure products over the Internet in the same year. Both companies were sold to Internet Security Systems in 1999. He is semi-retired.

Hammond started the Georgia Field Hockey Association (GFHA) in February 1991. He was one of the English speaking stadium announcers for hockey in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and announced the men's final. He umpired a friendly women's international game between Spain and USA in 1995.

Hammond started playing competitive bridge in 2002.

Hammond won the Sally Young Life Master Open Pairs at the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) National tournament in Atlanta in 2005.

Hammond finished second in the Victor Daly KO Teams event at the summer American Bridge Association (ABA) national event in 2006.

In 2006, Hammond won the Mini-Spingold II KO teams event at the ACBL National tournament in Chicago. His team was runner-up the previous year.

Hammond set up the security of the world's first Internet bank and made the first Internet web banking transaction (paying a phone bill on August 15, 1995).

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