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.
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)
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)