Hammond è nato il 3 agosto del 1964 a Attenborough, una cittadina una decina di Km ad
Ovest di Nottingham, ha studiato prima alla
e poi al Gonville and Caius College di Cambridge dove si è
1986 si è trasferito negli Stati Unti, è stato sposato con
Kinsey che gli ha dato tre figli, ma ora sono divorziati.
Nicolas è 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 più tardi.
Dal 2002 si è 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,
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
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, 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).