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Exmoor Environmental Services

For advice on and training in scientific methods for environmental monitoring

Site still under construction

Telephone: 00 (44) 1643 821630

Mobile: 00 (44) 7860 127768


Biographical note

A qualified teacher, having obtained a Teaching Certificate from the Brighton College of Education in 1969, Laurie Hambrook is a graduate of the University of Wales, Cardiff (UWIST as was), having been awarded a BSc, Joint Honours Degree in Applied Biology and Pure & Applied Chemistry. During the summer of 1976 he was employed as a Temporary Research Assistant on a project gathering baseline data concerning the biological health of the rivers in the Elan Valley in Mid-Wales. The work involved sampling and identifying macro-invertebrates.

Then followed a year at the University of Sussex where he gained an MSc in Organometallic Chemistry. For his dissertation, he studied the synthesis and characterisation of metal complexes as possible models for the nitrogenase enzyme system.

Over the next two years he worked at University College, London, as a Chemistry Tutor and Research Assistant on bee venom research. The work involved separating peptides using a variety of chromatographic techniques.

His professionally, life began as an ASO in the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, where he spent five years engaged on food analysis. Finally, as a Senior Lecturer in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, he retired in 2002, from Farnborough College of Technology. Here he had been involved in lecturing and teaching Laboratory Methodology, Analytical Instrumentation, Asbestos monitoring and identification and Research Methodology to students on BSc and MSc courses. He also devised and lectured on units devoted to the History of Landscape and Land Use as well as a unit on Ecosystem Damage for HND and degree students.


L A Hambrook, BSc, MSc, CChem MRSC,

Exmooor Environmental Services,

C/o 3 St Georges Close,



TA24 6SS