Ray Hammond is a best-selling author and lecturer who specialises in studying the future and the impact of science and technology on society.
He has written 10 books which have been translated into 21 languages and published in over 30 countries and, as a ‘futurologist,’ he provides lectures to business and government audiences all over the world. Ray is also a novelist and dramatist whose work has been produced by both the BBC and ITV.
Born in Hertfordshire, Ray Hammond left school in West London at the age of 17 to become a trainee journalist on his local newspaper. When he was 26 he founded his own magazine publishing company which produced music and leisure magazines that were published successfully in the UK, Germany and USA. In 1980 he sold his publishing interests and, while living in the United States, resumed his studies concentrating on computer science. In 1982 he published ‘The Musician and the Micro’ and this book was followed by a series which focused on the application of computer technology to childrens’ education, the arts and healthcare.
He returned to live in the UK and, after writing the film ‘Password to a Billion’ (ITC Films, 1984) he wrote dramas and TV comedy for BBC TV, Radio 4 and Thames Television while continuing to produce books about technology and society. These included ‘The On-Line Handbook’ which was published in 1984 and which became the world’s first book on the commercial potential of the Internet. As a contributor on science and technology topics, Ray became the Science Editor of the Daily Mail and a regular correspondent for The Guardian, The Times and the Independent-on-Sunday.
Since 1989 Ray Hammond has been a regular speaker on the international corporate lecture circuit and a visiting lecturer to City University Business School and ACE Lab at the University of Nottingham.
Biography provided by the author, December 2001