Dr. Kenneth Baker, a chemist by training, was born in New Zealand and educated at Ellerslie School, Penrose High School (now One Tree Hill College) and Auckland University where he obtained his M.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D degrees. After being awarded several Research Fellowships he attended Cambridge University where he was a member of Emmanuel College and carried out post-doctoral research in Chemistry. He went on to become a Syntex Fellow and a Wellcome Foundation Fellow before taking up a corporate management role. He then spent many years in senior management roles in the chemical, pharmaceutical and agriculture industries. He has acted as Chairman of many Business groups, public sector bodies and Government Committees. One of his side interests has always been family history and the First World War. His interest was sparked over many years because of living in Belgium, where so many of the New Zealand dead from the war are interred.
Dr. Baker is the author of many publications and given many speeches and presentations on science and research, business management, public policy and New Zealand history. He spends his time between Belgium, Italy and New Zealand.