Robert Baker, Jr.

LIGO is a success with over 50 gravitational wave detections so far. Now imagine the possibility of a high-frequency version of this technology actually creating ripples on the fabric of space-time, with implications for everything from communications to transportation. We join Dr. Robert Baker, Jr. to learn about his vision for High Frequency Gravitational Wave technology.

About Our Guest

Robert M L Baker, Jr. was born in Los Angeles on September 1, 1930. He has been married to his wife Bonnie since 1964 and has three grown children. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics at UCLA with highest honors (summa cum laude – first in his class), member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Manager of the UCLA Yearbook, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, earned a master’s degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Engineering at UCLA– the Ph.D. degree with a specialization in space navigation was, according to UCLA officials, the first of its kind to be granted in the United States.

Dr. Baker was on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy at UCLA from 1959 to 1963 and the Department of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA from 1963 to 1971 as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor. During that time he was a Lecturer at the United States Air Force Academy. While on a two-year tour of active duty in the Air Force he worked on a variety of classified aerospace projects.

In 1961 he became the Head of the Lockheed’s Astrodynamics Research Center in Bel Air, California and in 1964 joined Computer Sciences Corporation as the Associate Manager for Mathematical Analysis. In 1980 he was elected President of West Coast University, an accredited university for the adult learner (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or ABET and Western Association of Schools and Colleges or WASC) now operating under the auspices of American Career College in Los Angeles. After retiring from West Coast University in 1997 as President and Professor of Engineering, Dr. Baker became the Senior Consultant for Transportation Sciences Corporation and GRAVWAVE© LLC.

He won the UCLA Physics Prize, was recipient of the Dirk Brouwer Award for outstanding contributions in astrodynamics and orbital mechanics, was a recipient of the Outstanding Man of the Year Junior Chamber of Commerce award in 1965 presented to him by Ronald Reagan and the 2011 “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in the Field of High-Frequency Gravitational Waves” Awarded during the joint Conference of the International Institute of Information and Systems (IIIS), International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Applications: ICTA 2011, the International Institute for Design Marketing in Science, Education and Technology (DeMset) and the 17th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis: ISAS 2011.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was national chairman of the Astrodynamics Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) from 1961 to 1964, was Editor of the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences from 1963 to 1975, was appointed by the U S Secretary of Education, William Bennett, to the National Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility of the Department of Education from 1987 to 1989, was appointed to the Academic Review Committee on Gravitational Research with the U. S. Army (Redstone Arsenal) from 2001 to 2003, Vice Chairperson of the first International HFGW Conference and Workshop at the MITRE Corporation in 2003, Honorary Chairman of the second International High-Frequency Gravitational Wave Workshop at Austin Texas in September 2007, Chairman of the third Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama in 2009, appointed Chairman of the HFGW Symposium at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 2010 and Advisory Professor Chongqing University, China 2004 and 2008.

Dr Baker is the inventor of the Li-Baker High-Frequency Gravitational Wave (HFGW) Detector the double-helix HFGW generator or transmitter.