While pure mathematics occupies a great deal of Professor Hammond's attention, he also maintains an active interest in the liberal arts, particularly in topics relating to literature and religion. He is delighted whenever he can find connections between mathematics and the arts. He has given several talks on Dante's use of mathematical imagery in the Divine Comedy, as well as a lecture on the place of science and mathematics in Gulliver's Travels.
At Connecticut College, much of Professor Hammond's research belongs to an area of analysis known as function-theoretic operator theory. In essence, this subject seeks to relate problems of current interest in operator theory to questions in the more "classical" context of complex analysis. (This type of intersection is a common theme throughout mathematics, and greatly enriches the aesthetic dimension of the discipline.) Hammond's own work pertains to a particular class of vector spaces whose elements are analytic functions, and certain linear transformations on these spaces. In recent years, Hammond has also developed an interest in expanding the scope of certain series convergence tests, particularly Raabe's test and Jamet's test.
Professor Hammond's recent publications include the papers "Composition–differentiation operators on the Hardy space" and "Normality and self-adjointness of weighted composition–differentiation operators." He has given numerous talks on his research, most recently at the Northeastern Analysis Meeting (NEAM) in Syracuse, New York.
He has taught a variety of courses at Connecticut College, including calculus, discrete mathematics, differential equations, linear algebra, real analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, and topology. In the fall of 2005 he introduced an interdisciplinary freshman seminar entitled "Intimations of Infinity."
Hammond is the 2022 recipient of the Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, presented annually to a tenured faculty member whose outstanding service in a leadership role exemplifies the College's commitment to shared governance, democratic process, and campus community development.
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