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Dale Burdette Baker


Baker (1920-2005) had an impactful career in chemical information science.  He worked as a chemical supervisor at DuPont (1942-1945); associate editor at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) (1946-1957); Director, CAS (1958-1986); Associate Director, CAS (1958); Acting Manager, Columbus, OH office, ACS (1972); Emeritus director, ACS.  Baker was interested in chemical literature, documentation, communication, research development and planning.

Awards received:

College of Engineering, Ohio State University: Distinguished Alumnus Award (1970)

ACS: Patterson-Crane Award for meritorious contributions to the field of chemical literature, especially the documentation of chemistry (1979); Skolnik Award, for leading Chemical Abstracts Service from the conventional indexing of the 1950s to an information and retrieval system that provides direction for the entire information industry (1986)

Offices held:

ASIS&T: Counselor (1970-1972); executive committee (1971-1972, 1973-1976); President (1975)

National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services: President (1962-1963); Treasurer (1970-1972)

Dale Baker Papers:

Chemical Abstracts Services (office papers relating to Baker’s work at CAS; CAS does not have an official archives)

Chemical Heritage Foundation (oral history interview conducted by Robert V. Williams, 9 June 1997)