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John Fleetwood Baker (Baron Baker of Windrush), Professor of Mechanical Sciences and Head of Department (1943–1968)

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Baker held the Chair from 1943 to 1968. He completely revised the teaching programme and during his tenure the number of teaching staff doubled, new laboratories and lecture rooms were constructed and there was a great increase in research activity. Baker's own research was concerned with steel building-frames and he developed the plastic method of design – the ideas are now current throughout the world.

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge





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H 90 x W 68 cm

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