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Professor Ian Hamerton


Dr Ian Hamerton graduated from the University of Surrey in 1987 having completed a 4-year BSc (Honours) Chemistry programme including a year of professional training (spent in the analytical laboratories of the Elastomers Division of Esso Chemicals Ltd. at Fawley near Southampton).  His PhD was also obtained from Surrey (1987-1990) with sponsorship from the US Navy (designing coatings for surface acoustic wave sensors) and the Ministry of Defence (high temperature polymers).  He carried out postdoctoral research based at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (later DRA/DERA at Farnborough) on the development of toughened high temperature polymer composites based on bismaleimides and cyanate esters, before joining the Department of Chemistry at Surrey in 1991 (eventually becoming a Reader in Polymer Chemistry in 2012).

Married with two sons and a Welsh Springer Spaniel, Ian has varied interests outside of polymers and composites.  These include many different musical genres: modern jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk (as a double bass player and bass guitarist) and classic cars (having owned both 3.4 and 3.8 Mk II Jaguars and a Sunbeam Alpine Series V), the art of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, and the Arts and Crafts Movement.  Ian was previously both the Vice Chairman and later Chairman of the Society of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey (ACMS) and is now the Honorary President of the C.F.A. Voysey Society - Ian and his family are fortunate to have lived in an arts and crafts lodge house designed by C.F.A. Voysey.

In 2005, Ian was the editor and principal author of ‘W.A.S. Benson: Luminary of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Pioneer of Modern Design’, the first book (published in March 2005 by Antique Collectors’ Club) to deal with this enigmatic architect and designer.  Ian has lectured widely on not only this topic, but also C.F.A. Voysey, M.H. Baillie Scott, Archibald Knox and other figures within the Arts and Crafts Movement to learned societies and the general public.