Dr. Oliver Keith Baker
‘Oliver Keith Baker was born in McGehee, Arkansas, to Oliver Walter and Yvonne Brigham Baker. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from Stanford University in 1987. Dr. Baker pursued postdoctoral research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is currently an endowed university professor of Physics at Hampton University and, jointly, a staff physicist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Professor Baker pursues research in the physics of elementary particles and nuclei at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and at Jefferson Lab in Virginia.
In collaboration with several colleagues, some of his career accomplishments are: the first measurement of a nuclear resonance effect in atomic electron capture; the first measurement of the muon sticking probability in muon catalyzed fusion; and the first accurate measurement of the elementary amplitudes in kaon electro production. Dr. Baker brings an emphasis on the effective use of new technology to his classroom and encourages the early involvement of his students in cutting-edge research.
Baker has won several awards for his research, including most recently the Edward Bouchet Award for outstanding contributions to nuclear and particle physics research from the American Physical Society, and the Elmer Imes Award from the National Conference of Black Physics Students and National Society of Black Physicists for outstanding and sustained contributions to particle and nuclear physics.
An accomplished lecturer and published writer, Dr. Baker has won several teaching awards while at Hampton University, including most recently the E.L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award and the National Award for Teaching Learning and Technology.
Dr. Baker has served on numerous advisory committees for the United States Government, including, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel and the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee.