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Biographical entry Baker, Joseph Thomas (Joe) (1935 - 2018)

AO, CBE, FRACI

Born
19 June 1935
Warwick, Queensland, Australia
Died
16 January 2018
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Marine scientist and Organic chemist

Summary

Joe Baker was an organic chemist who has a wide-ranging influence in Australia and internationally in marine sciences and environmental studies. He was a founding Member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and played a leading role in its inclusion in the World Heritage List. From 1974 to 1981 he was Director of the Roche Research Institute of Marine Pharmacology followed by periods as Director of the Centre for Tropical Marine Studies at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Baker was instrumental in the Asia-Pacific region in promoting the sustainable use of resources and promoting understanding on the ecological impact of natural resource use. He helped frame the Manilla Declaration (1992), the Malacca Accord (1994), and Australia's regulatory system in this area.

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1950 - 1955
Career position - Assistant Laboratory Technician, CSIRO Food Preservation and Transport Laboratories
1956 - 1960
Career position - Demonstrator (later Senior Demonstrator), Department of Chemistry, University of Queensland
1961
Career position - Lecturer in Chemistry, University College, Townsville
1962 - 1969
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University College, Townsville
1962 - 2002
Career position - Foundation Member, Australian Marine Sciences Association
1967
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1970 - 1973
Career position - Associate Professor of Chemistry, James Cook University
1970 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1974 - 1981
Career position - Director, Roche Research Institute of Marine Pharmacology
1974 - 1981
Career position - Member, International Pharmaceuticals Research Management Group
1975 - 1989
Career position - Member, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
1976 - 1981
Career position - Director of Research, Roche Australia
1977 - 1984
Career position - Chairman, Committee of Trustees, Lizard Island Research Station, Queensland
1977 - 1984
Career position - President, Australian Museum Trust
1978 - 1982
Career position - Member, Queen Elizabeth Fellowship in Marine Science Selection Committee
1979 - 1984
Career position - Member, Australian Marine Sciences and Technologies Advisory Committee
1981 - 1985
Career position - Director, Sir George Fisher Centre for Tropical Marine Studies, James Cook University
1981 - 1985
Career position - Chairman, Australian World Heritage Committee
1982
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1982 - 1984
Career position - President, Australian Marine Sciences Association
1983 - 1998
Career position - Member, International Advisory Committee, International Seaweed Association
1984 - 1989
Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, World Wildlife Fund (Australia)
1985 - 1986
Career position - Chairman, Australian Heritage Committee
1985 - 1992
Career position - Director, Australian Institute of Marine Science
1986 - 1999
Career position - Chairman, Australian National Committee for the Environment, Australian Academy of Science
1989 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1992 - 2018
Award - Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of Marine Science
1993
Award - Leighton Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1993 - 2004
Career position - Commissioner for the Environment, Australian Capital Territory
1995 - 1997
Career position - President, Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
1995 - 1997
Career position - Chairman, North Queensland Regional Economic Development Board
1995 - 2004
Career position - Executive Member, International Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
1997 - ?
Career position - Chairman, National Plasma Physics research Facility Committee, Australian National University
1997 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor, James Cook University
1997 - ?
Career position - Board Member, International Marine Biotechnology Association
1997 -
Career position - Chairman, Gulf of Carpentaria Fisheries Management Advisory Committee
1997 - 2004
Career position - Chairman, Tropical Queensland Vegetation Management Advisory Committee
1999 -
Career position - Executive Chairman, Queensland Food and Fibre Science and Innovation Council
1999 - 2004
Career position - Chief Scientist, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
2000 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Burapha University, Thailand
2000 - 2003
Career position - Member, Queensland Innovation Council
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to environmental research
2002
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to marine science, to the development of commercially viable and environmentally sustainable aquaculture industries, to environmental research and protection, and to the progress of ecologically sustainable development in Australia and internationally
2002 - 2018
Award - Honorary Life Member, Australian Marine Sciences Association
2004 -
Career position - Chief Scientific Advisor, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
2005
Award - Clunies-Ross Lifetime Achievement Award, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2007 - 2018
Career position - Patron, Australian Marine Sciences Association

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Published resources

Books

  • Erpic, Angelika, Joe Baker: a ;life rich with science, sustainability, respect and rugby league (West Geelong, Victoria: Echo Books, 2018), 300 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Joe Baker - ATSE Clunies Ross Lifetime Contribution Award', Australian Marine Science Bulletin, 169 (2005), 3. Details
  • Baker, J. T., 'Chemistry - my life's determining factor', Chemistry in Australia, 61 (1994), 420-3. Details
  • Newton, Gina, 'Joe Baker - AMSA Patron', Australian Marine Science Bulletin, 176 (2007), 4-5. Details

Newspaper Articles

See also

  • Who's who in Australia 2012 (Melbourne: Crown Content Pty Ltd, 2012), 2430 pp. Details
  • Rae, Ian D., 'The Roche Research Institute of Marine Pharmacology, 1974-1981: Searching for Drug Leads', Historical Records of Australian Science, 20 (2) (2009), 209-231 . Details

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