Laurens Hammond

Laurens Hammond ( born January 11, 1895 in Evanston, Illinois, USA; † 3 July 1973 in Cornwall, Connecticut) was an American businessman and the inventor of the Hammond organ.

His first organ, the Hammond Model A was unveiled on April 24, 1935, the first symphony by Johannes Brahms to the public. Strictly speaking, the Hammond organ is not among the organs, since it has no typical of a pipe organ, but is based on a process invented by Hammond electric motor.

From 1898 to 1909 Hammond lived with his family in Geneva, Dresden and Paris. At the time of resettlement to America he spoke both English and fluent German and French. He studied at Cornell University, where he received his degree in 1916.

Afterwards he moved to Detroit and worked for the Gray Motor Company, a company for marine engines. In 1920 he invented the clock with quiet spring return. This brought him so much money that he could leave the company. He then did research in New York in private work further on engines and other, and handed on January 19, 1934, the patent for the Hammond organ on ( U.S. Patent 1,956,350 ).

Hammond received 110 patents during his lifetime.

  • Engineer, inventor, engineer
  • Americans
  • Born in 1895
  • Died in 1973
  • Man