William O. Baker

William Oliver Baker
5th President of Bell Labs
In office
Preceded by Ian Munro Ross
Succeeded by James Brown Fisk
Personal details
Born (1915-07-15)July 15, 1915
Chestertown, Maryland
Died October 31, 2005(2005-10-31) (aged 90)
Chatham, New Jersey
Frances Burrill
(m. 1941; her death 1999)

William Oliver Baker (July 15, 1915 – October 31, 2005) was president of Bell Labs from 1973 to 1979 and advisor on scientific matters to five United States presidents.[1]


He was born on July 15, 1915 in Chestertown, Maryland.[1]

He received his degree from Washington College and went on to get a doctorate from Princeton University, studying under Charles Phelps Smyth. He later did research for Bell Labs that helped lead to synthetic rubber. He held 11 patents in all. He headed Bell Labs from 1973 to 1979. Prior to being named president, he had served as Bell Labs Vice President for Research since 1955. Baker was a longtime resident of Morristown, New Jersey.[1]

He died of heart failure on October 31, 2005 in Chatham, New Jersey.[1]



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