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Sir Benjamin Baker KCB KCMG FRS FRSE was an eminent English civil engineer who worked in mid to late Victorian era. He helped develop the early underground railways in London with Sir John Fowler, but he is best known for his work on the Forth Bridge. He made many other notable contributions to civil engineering, including his work as an expert witness at the public inquiry into the Tay Rail Bridge disaster. Later, he helped design and build the first Aswan dam.
He was born in Keyford, which is now part of Frome, Somerset on 31 March 1840, the son of Benjamin Baker, principal assistant at Tondu Ironworks, and Sarah Hollis.
He was educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, where Baker House was named in his honour and, at the age of 16, became an apprentice at Messrs Price and Fox at the Neath Abbey Iron Works. After his apprenticeship he spent two years as an assistant to Mr. W.H. Wilson. Later, he became associated with Sir John Fowler in London.
He died on 19 May 1907 at Pangbourne, Berkshire where he lived in his later years and was buried in the village of Idbury in Oxfordshire.
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