Ted Baker (chemist)

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Ted Baker

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Baker in 2008
Edward Neill Baker

(1942-10-29) 29 October 1942 (age 76)
ResidenceNew Zealand
Alma mater University of Auckland
Awards Hector Medal (1997)
Rutherford Medal (2006)
CNZM (2007)
Scientific career
FieldsStructural biology, protein crystallography
Institutions University of Oxford
Massey University
University of Auckland
Thesis Structural studies of some copper(II) coordination compounds  (1967)
Doctoral advisor Neil Waters, David Hall

Edward Neill "Ted" Baker CNZM (born 29 October 1942) is a New Zealand scientist specialising in protein purification and crystallization and bioinformatics. He is currently a distinguished professor at the University of Auckland. [1]

University of Auckland University in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 83th worldwide in the 2019/20 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.

Born at Port Stanley in 1942 to New Zealanders Harold and Moya (née Boak) Baker, [2] he spent his early life in the Falkland Islands, [3] where his father was the superintendent of education. [4] The family returned to New Zealand in 1948. [4] He was educated at King's College, Auckland from 1956 to 1960. [5] After studying chemistry at the University of Auckland, completing his PhD in 1967, he conducted postdoctoral research on the structure of insulin with Nobel laureate Dorothy Hodgkin at the University of Oxford. [6] He then took up an academic post at Massey University, [6] where he determined the structure of the kiwifruit enzyme actinidin. [5] In 1997 he moved back to the University of Auckland where he became professor of structural biology and later direct of the Maurice Wilkins Center for Molecular Diversity. [7] He also served as president of the International Union of Crystallography between 1996 and 1999. [6]

Stanley, Falkland Islands Place in Falkland Islands, United Kingdom

Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It is located on the island of East Falkland, on a north-facing slope in one of the wettest parts of the islands. At the 2016 census, the town had a population of 2,460. The entire population of the Falkland Islands was 3,398 on Census Day on 9 October 2016.

Falkland Islands British Overseas Territory in United Kingdom

The Falkland Islands is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles east of South America's southern Patagonian coast, and about 752 miles from the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles, comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the United Kingdom takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The Falkland Islands' capital is Stanley on East Falkland.

Kings College, Auckland Independent, day & boarding school

King's College, often informally referred to simply as King's, is an independent secondary boarding and day school in New Zealand. It educates over 1000 pupils, aged 13 to 18 years. King's was originally a single sex boys school but has admitted girls in the Sixth and Seventh forms since 1980, and in the Fifth form since 2016. King's was founded in 1896 by Graham Bruce. King's was originally situated in Remuera, Auckland on the site now occupied by King's School, Remuera, in 1922 the school moved to its present site in the South Auckland suburb of Otahuhu.

Baker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1987, [8] and won the society's Hector Medal in 1997. [9] He was awarded the Rutherford Medal, the highest honour in New Zealand science, in 2006. [10] In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science. [11]

The Hector Medal, formerly known as the Hector Memorial Medal, is a science award given by the Royal Society of New Zealand in memory of Sir James Hector to researchers working in New Zealand. It is awarded annually in rotation for different sciences – currently there are three: chemical sciences; physical sciences; mathematical and information sciences. It is given to a researcher who "has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science." It was previously rotated through more fields of science – in 1918 they were: botany, chemistry, ethnology, geology, physics, zoology. For a few years it was awarded biennially – it was not awarded in 2000, 2002 or 2004.

Rutherford Medal (Royal Society of New Zealand) award of the Royal Society of New Zealand

The Rutherford Medal is the most prestigious award offered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, consisting of a medal and prize of $100,000. It is awarded at the request of the New Zealand Government to recognize exceptional contributions to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding in addition to eminent research or technological practice by a person or group in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology. It is funded by the New Zealand government and awarded annually.

The Birthday Honours 2007 for the Commonwealth realms were announced on 17 June 2007, to celebrate the Queen's Birthday of 2007.

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