Harry L. Baker Jr.

Born: 
1912 to 1973

Harry Baker was a native of Atlanta and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1934 with a degree in Chemical Engineering where he was an exceptional student and obtained honor roll all four years of school. Additionally, he was a memeber of Beta Theta Pi, Vice President of Alpha Chi Sigma, President of M.L. Brittain Debating Society, and Manager of the Tennis Team.

During WWII, he served as a Naval Officer in the Pacific Fleet. He attained the rank of Commander, USNR, in 1945 and retired as captain in 1972. Baker later become the president of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation from its creation in 1946 until his death in 1973.

He also served as the Assistant Director of the Engineering Experiment Station from 1946 until 1963. In February 1966, he was appointed Director of the Office of Research Administration. In addition to his twenty-seven years of service to Tech, he also attended Emory University's School of Law part-time, and he received a law degree in 1961. Baker died suddenly from an aneurysm on January 11, 1973.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • 1924 Georgia Tech Graduate
  • President of the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 1946-1973
  • Served in the Navy during WWII
  • Awarded the Bronze Star for naval service
  • Attained Commander Rank in 1945
  • First President of Georgia Tech Research Institute 1946
  • Assistant Director of the Engineering Experiment Station from 1946-1963
  • 1966 appointed Director of the Office of Research Administration