John Hammond died 16 years ago, and there are many of the younger generation to whom he is just a name. He became a legend in his time and his influence was enormous. He drew students from all over the world and these came to occupy key positions in animal science in many countries (Pl. 1, Fig. 1). We are a dying generation, but many of us have produced our own postgraduate students to whom some of the Hammondian philosophy has been transmitted, and they in turn are now producing their students.
The title of this address was suggested by a remark made to me many years ago by Professor 'Bunny' Austin. At an SSF meeting, I forget when or where, a group of us were talking about postgraduate training, and I remarked on the seeming casualness of Hammond. Practically all my discussions with him took place on Sunday over