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Authorised form of nameBaker; Sir; Benjamin (1840 - 1907)
Dates1840 - 1907
NationalityBritish
Place of birthKeyford, Frome, Somerset, England
Date of birth31 March 1840
Place of deathBowden Green, Pangbourne
Date of death19/05/1907
Dates and placesBurial:
Idbury, near Chipping Norton
OccupationEngineer
ActivityCareer:
Joined staff of Sir John Fowler, becoming a partner (1875); involved in constructing the Metropolitan Railway, London (1861) and the District Railway (1869); the firm were Consulting Engineers to the first underground railways in London; constructed the Forth Bridge (1882-1890); Baker designed the Aswan Dam (1898-1902) and Assyut Dam; designed Avonmouth dock; died of syncope
Honours:
KCMG 1890; KCB 1902
Memberships:
MICE; ASME (Honorary); Society of Engineers (Honorary); Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society (Honorary)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election05/06/1890
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
VP 1906-1907
RelationshipsSon of Benjamin Baker and Sarah Hollis; unmarried
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc Series A 1910-1911 vol 84 pp i-xi signed by W C U
Royal Society codeNA6909
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1890/02Baker, Sir Benjamin: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/29/787Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Benjamin Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society9 December 1904
NLB/21/371Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Benjamin Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society6 November 1900
NLB/26/648Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to, Sir Benjamin Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society5 May 1903
NLB/28/139Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Benjamin Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society16 January 1904
NLB/35/349Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to The Editor "The Times"22 May 1907
NLB/35/350Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons22 May 1907
RR/11/234Referee's report by Benjamin Baker, on a paper 'On the three-bar motion of watt' by William Brennand24 January 1893
NLB/28/115Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir Benjamin Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society12 January 1904
NLB/33/716Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to; Augustus Desire Waller, Lord Avebury [John Lubbock], Sir Benjamin Baker, Dr Henry Frederick Baker, Professor David Ferrier, Professor Sydney John Hickson, Dr A Scott, Mr Albert Charles Seward, Professor William Johnson Sollas, and Professor Silvanus Phillips Thompson, Fellows of the Royal Society26 October 1906
AP/73/1On Some Recent Investigations in connection with the Electro-Disposition of Metals1896
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