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Special Publications / Museum of Texas Tech University, number 71, October 11, 2019, pages 1-38. From Field to Laboratory: A Memorial Volume in Honor of Robert J. Baker.


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This article describes Robert James Baker’s academic pedigree and genealogy, his scientific productivity (number of publications), his citations, his students, his contributions to his university and scientific societies, his personality in relation to his scientific achievements, his legacy, and a personal note of appreciation by individuals who worked with him and knew him well. His accomplishments are compared with other dominant personalities in the field of mammalogy, both historical and contemporary. The paper builds on the 2018 obituary authored by Hugh Genoways and others that was published in the Journal of Mammalogy, but includes a much more quantitative and qualitative analysis of his scientific accomplishments and research productivity.