Baker in 2008
Edward Neill Baker
29 October 1942
|Alma mater||University of Auckland|
|Awards|| Hector Medal (1997)|
Rutherford Medal (2006)
|Fields||Structural biology, protein crystallography|
|Institutions|| University of Oxford |
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.
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,he spent his early life in the Falkland Islands, where his father was the superintendent of education. The family returned to New Zealand in 1948. He was educated at King's College, Auckland from 1956 to 1960. 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. He then took up an academic post at Massey University, where he determined the structure of the kiwifruit enzyme actinidin. 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. He also served as president of the International Union of Crystallography between 1996 and 1999.
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.
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Baker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1987,and won the society's Hector Medal in 1997. He was awarded the Rutherford Medal, the highest honour in New Zealand science, in 2006. In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science.
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