English Civil engineer. Born in Somerset, Baker went to work with engineer John Fowler (1817-98), becoming his assistant but later taking the lead for their most memorable project, the Forth Rail Bridge (1890). Baker was knighted for his work on this Bridge. His other projects included several parts of the London Underground, transporting from Egypt and installing Cleopatra's Needle by the River Thames in London, the Aswan Dam (Egypt; 1902) and the first Hudson River Tunnel (USA).
Baker died in Pangbourne (England).