Honouring Lord Baker: A Celebration of Engineering

at Clare College

Saturday 4 March 2017

Many of you will know of, and indeed may remember, Professor John Baker, who had revolutionised the study and use of steel structures in the 1930s, who designed the Morrison Shelter, and who galvanised the University’s Engineering Faculty after World War II.  He was elected a Fellow of the college in 1943, when he also became Head of the Engineering Department. The Department at the time was staffed by 24 lecturers and there was one other chair; by 1968 when he retired there were 111 teaching staff, and 26 members of staff had left Baker’s teams to become Professors at other universities.  A brief biography of Lord Baker appears on the College website. 

The College feels it would be appropriate to pay tribute to Lord Baker, as well as celebrating engineering at Clare more generally.  There will therefore be a lunchtime event in Memorial Court on Saturday 4 March 2017, which all Clare Engineering Alumni, as well as Fellows, and students, will be encouraged to attend.

A series of brief addresses will be given starting 11.30am.  Speakers will include Professor Jacques Heyman, Professor Haroon Ahmed, and Professor Lord Mair.  This will be followed by a panel discussion and a buffet lunch. Some of Lord Baker’s associates will be present, together with members of his family and friends.

The official history of Engineering in Cambridge - Cambridge Engineering: The First 150 Years - will be published by next spring, and the author, Professor Haroon Ahmed, has devoted a chapter to Lord Baker and his contribution to the Department.

Invitations will be sent out in the New Year, in the meantime, please do add the date to your diary!

Please contact Mrs Melanie Cousins on events@clare.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.