The death of John Hammond on 25th August after a short illness, came as a sad shock to his countless friends and colleagues, especially to those who were due to attend the Vth International Congress on Animal Reproduction at Trento under his Presidency a few days later. Hammond devoted his life, with very great success, to applying biology to the production and reproduction of farm animals, and his death removes an outstanding figure from the scenes of agricultural science. Coming of farming stock he understood fully the practical problems involved and I have observed on many occasions the great respect and attention with which he was received by the practising farmer. On the other side, growing up, scientifically, in the great Cambridge tradition established by T. B. Wood and R. H. Biffen, he had a keen appreciation of the importance of defining practical problems and of extending basic research
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