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Edwin Albert Baker
Born (1893-01-09)January 9, 1893
Collins Bay, Ontario
Died April 7, 1968(1968-04-07) (aged 75)
Known for Co-founder of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Edwin Albert Baker, CC OBE MC (January 9, 1893 – April 7, 1968) was a Canadian co-founder of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

Born in Collins Bay, Ontario, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Queen's University in 1914 and later that year enlisted with the Sixth Field Company, Canadian Engineers. In 1915, he was wounded in France, losing his sight in both eyes.

In 1918, he and six others founded the CNIB. He served as first Vice-President from 1918 to 1920 and Managing Director & General Secretary from 1920 until his retirement in 1962.

He married Jessie Robinson. They had three sons and a daughter.


  • In 1935, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
  • In 1938, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen's University, and in 1945, the same from the University of Toronto.
  • Croix de Guerre
  • In 1967, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Related book

  • Marjorie Wilkins Campbell (1965). No compromise: the story of Colonel Baker and the CNIB. 


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