Sir John Baker: Engineering files

Scope and Content

Files on engineering topics containing correspondence, plans, notes, photographs, reports and published material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Fleetwood Baker (1901-1985), Baron Baker, structural engineer, was born at Liscard, Cheshire, on 19 March 1901, and educated at Rossall School, Lancashire, 1915-1920, and Clare College, Cambridge, 1920-1923. He became an assistant lecturer at University College, Cardiff, in 1926, and in 1930 was appointed technical officer to the Steel Structures Research Committee, set up by the steel industry. Baker became Professor of Civil Engineering at Bristol in 1933, and Professor of Mechanical Sciences and head of the Engineering Department at Cambridge in 1943, retiring in 1968. He was knighted in 1961, and made a life peer in 1977. He died in Cambridge on 9 September 1985.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sir John Baker, April 1975.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir John Baker in Lord Blake and C.S. Nicholls, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1981-1985 (Oxford University Press, 1990), pp. 24-25.


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