Established in 1904 by the University in honor of Bernard N. Baker

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library University trustee BERNARD N. BAKER was an international expert on maritime transportation and owner of the Atlantic Transport Line. Before going into the shipping business, he had established a chemical company and then a coal-mining firm. After retirement, he became president of the Baltimore Trust and Guarantee Company. He and two other board members together gave fully half of the total $1 million raised during the 1902 Endowment Fund campaign. In recognition of Mr. Baker's leadership and generosity, the board established this chair in his honor. (A Hopkins chemistry lab, ca. 1900, is pictured.)


GERALD J. MEYER, the Bernard N. Baker Professor of Chemistry, joined Johns Hopkins in 1991. He holds faculty positions in both the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is director of the NSF-supported Collaborative Research Activities in Environmental Science Center (CRAEMS). Professor Meyer's research is concerned with experimental investigations of photodriven electron and energy transfer in inorganic coordination compounds and extended solids. The overall goal of the research is to develop a molecular level understanding of excited states in heterogeneous environments important to environmental, biological and materials science. Practical applications of this research include solar energy conversion, chemical sensing, catalysis, pollutant decontamination and photonic devices. The principle tools of this research are synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and sits on the Chemistry of Materials Editorial Advisory Board.