Chris Baker graduated from his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, before beginning a Research Fellowship there at St Catharine’s College and the Department of Engineering. In the early 1980s he worked in the Aerodynamics Unit of British Rail Research in Derby, before moving to an academic position in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham.
He remained there till 1998 where he was a lecturer, reader and professor with research interests in vehicle aerodynamics, wind engineering, environmental fluid mechanics and agricultural aerodynamics. In 1998 he moved to the University of Birmingham as Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics in the School of Civil Engineering.
In the early years of the present century he was Director of Teaching in the newly formed School of Engineering and Deputy Head of School. From 2003 to 2008 he was Head of Civil Engineering and in 2008 served for a short time as Acting Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He has been the Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education since 2005.
C J Baker 2001 "Unsteady wind loading on a wall", Wind and Structures 4, 5, 413-440.
C J Baker 2001 "Flow and dispersion in vehicle wakes", Journal of Fluids and Structures 15, 7, 1031-1060.
C J Baker, S J Dalley, T Johnson, A Quinn, N G Wright 2001"The slipstream and wake of a high speed train", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers F Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 215, 83-99 (awarded James F Alcock Memorial Prize by Railway Division of the IMechE, 2002).
P M Berry, M Sterling, C J Baker, J Spink, D Sparks 2003 “A calibrated model of wheat lodging compared with field measurements”, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 119,167-180.
C J Baker (2003) “Some complex applications of the wind loading chain”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 91, 1791-1811.
C J Baker, F Lopez-Calleja, J Jones, J Munday, 2004 “Measurements of the cross wind forces on trains”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 92,547-563.
C J Baker 2007 “Wind Engineering – past, present and future”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 95, 843-870
C J Baker, 2007 “The debris flight equations”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 95, 5, 329-353.
M. Sterling, C. J. Baker, S. C. Jordan, T. Johnson, 2008 A study of the slipstreams of high speed passenger trains and freight trains, Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transport. 222, 177-19 (First two authors contributed equally to the work) (most cited paper in JRRT in 2010).
C.J. Baker, L. Chapman, A.D. Quinn, K. Dobney, 2010 “Climate Change and the Railway Industry”. Proc. IMechE, Part C: J. Mechanical Engineering Science, 224, 519-528.
C.J. Baker, 2010 “The flow around high speed trains” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 98, 277-298.