Raymond Baker (chemist)

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Ray Baker
Born (1936-11-01) November 1, 1936 (age 78)[1]
Fields Organic chemistry
Institutions University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southampton
University of Leicester
Merck Sharp & Dohme Resesearch Labs[1]
Alma mater University of Leicester
Thesis Detritiation Reactions in Aromatic Systems (1962)
Notable awards CBE (2002)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1994)

Professor Raymond Baker CBE PhD FRS (born 1 November 1936)[1] is a chemist and former Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.[1]


Baker was educated at Ilkeston Grammar School and the University of Leicester, where he gained his PhD for research into Detritiation Reactions in Aromatic Systems in 1962.[2]


After completing his PhD, Baker did postdoctoral research at UCLA from 1962–64. He was appointed a lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Southampton in 1964, Reader in 1974 and a Professor in 1977. Baker is a co-author of the textbook Mechanism in Organic Chemistry.[3]


Baker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994 and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002.


  1. ^ a b c d e "BAKER, Prof. Raymond". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Baker, Raymond (1962). Detritiation Reactions in Aromatic Systems (PhD thesis). University of Leicester. 
  3. ^ Boche, G. (1973). "Book Review: Mechanism in Organic Chemistry. By R. Alder, R. Baker, and J. M. Brown". Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 12 (8): 680–681. doi:10.1002/anie.197306804.  edit
Government offices
Preceded by
Tom Blundell
CEO of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Succeeded by
Julia Goodfellow