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Walter Ransom Gail Baker

Walter Ransom Gail Baker
Born (1892-11-30)November 30, 1892[1]
Lockport, New York
Died October 30, 1960(1960-10-30) (aged 68)[2]
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Electrical engineering
Notable awards IEEE Medal of Honor (1952)
IEEE Founders Medal (1958)

Walter Ransom Gail Baker (November 30, 1892 – October 30, 1960) was an American electrical engineer.[3] He was a vice president of General Electric, and was Director of Engineering for the Radio Manufacturers Association (now the Electronic Industries Alliance). At the urging of James Lawrence Fly, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Baker founded the National Television System Committee, or NTSC, in 1940.[4][5]


He was born in Lockport, New York, in 1892. He graduated from Union College with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1916. He took a job with General Electric in 1916 and worked on radio for military applications during World War I.[6]

He received a M.S. in electrical engineering from Union College, in 1919.[6]

He died on October 30, 1960.[6]

Awards and honors

Walter Baker received following awards and honors:[5]

  • The SMPTE David Sarnoff Medal in 1959
  • The IRE Founders Award in 1958
  • The Army Medal of Freedom in 1953
  • The IRE Medal of Honor in 1952
  • IRE Fellow in 1928
  • The initially called [7]

The call sign of (then) General Electric owned television station in Schenectady, WRGB, was chosen in his honor.


  1. ^ Televiser, Volumes 1-1946. Television Publications. 1944. 
  2. ^ Transactions - American Geophysical Union. 1961. 
  3. ^ "Obituary: Walter R. G. Baker". Physics Today 14 (1): 98. January 1961.  
  4. ^ Donald G. Fink, The Forces at Work Behind the NTSC Standards, a paper presented at the 122nd annual SMPTE Technical Conference, November 9–14, 1980, New York, N.Y.
  5. ^ a b "Walter Baker". IEEE Global History Network.  
  6. ^ a b c "Dr. W.R.G. Baker, TV Pioneer, Dead. Vice President for Research at Syracuse Was Former General Electric Officer".  
  7. ^ "IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award". IEEE. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
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