Mr. Mark S. Hammond
MA, Rice University
PhD, Rice University
Mark grew up in Raleigh, N.C., before attending The Mercersburg Academy, where he was a member of the water polo and swimming teams. During graduate school, he developed an interest in teaching, especially the unique challenges of conveying scientific understanding to non-science majors. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to study physics in West Berlin after the completion of his doctoral dissertation. During that period, he witnessed firsthand the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany.
Mark returned to the United States to join several graduate school acquaintances in a high technology start-up venture, and spent the next 12 years working in a variety of management and scientific positions. He then left the industry to pursue his long-time desire to teach young people.
Mark enjoys stargazing, hiking, cross-country skiing and reading. He lives with his wife, Noreen Tully, and their two children, Sadie ’09 and Davis ’12, in a house on Noxontown Road.