1915 – Born on the 15th of July in Chestertown.
Earned a bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry from Washington College.
1938 – Earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton.
1939 – Joined Bell Labs, then Bell Telephone Laboratories, as a research scientist.
1955-1973 – He was Bell Lab’s vice president of research.
1973-1979 – He was the President of Bell Laboratories.
His expertise led to his appointments as a science adviser to Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan.
Served as a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee.
The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
The Federal Emergency Management Advisory Board.
1980 – Dr. Baker retired from Bell Labs as Chairman of the Board.
1988 – He received the National Medal of Science.
2003 – Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guglielmo Marconi International Fellowship Foundation at Columbia University.
2005 – William O. Baker died on the 31st of October.