Professor Joe Baker AO OBE
Life Member and Club Founder
Throughout his distinguished career Joe Baker has received many honours, including the Order of the British Empire in 1982 for services to marine science, appointment as an officer in the Order of Australia in 2002 for his contribution to environmental studies and chemistry, and the Lifetime Clunies Ross award as a gifted contributor to his disciplines and a person of national and international repute. He has held many high level and prestigious positions, including being elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1989, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. From 1993 to 2004 he was the Commissioner for the Environment of the Australian Capital Territory and pioneered state of the environment reporting for the region. In 1999 he became Chief Scientist of Queensland’s Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
Joe Baker represented Queensland in Rugby League and wore the Number 8 Lock Forward jersey in Queenslands last winning series against NSW in 1959, prior to the introduction of the State of Origin.
For the FUGS, Joe Baker will be remembered most for his establishment of UNI RUGBY LEAGUE in 1961.
In 2011, JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding, announced the naming of the JCU Main Sporting Field as, JOE BAKER FIELD