Albert Baez

Born Nov 25, 1912

Albert Vinicio Baez, Ph.D. was a prominent Mexican-American physicist, and the father of singers Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña. He was born in Puebla, Mexico, and his family moved to the United States when he was two years old because his father was a Methodist minister. Baez grew up in Brooklyn and considered becoming a minister before turning to mathematics and physics.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on November 15, 1912.


1936 23 Years Old He married Joan Chandos Bridge, the daughter of an Episcopalian priest, in 1936. … Read More


1948 35 Years Old In 1948, Baez co-invented, with his doctoral program advisor, Paul Kirkpatrick, the X-ray reflection microscope for examination of living cells. … Read More
1950 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Baez received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford in 1950. … Read More
1951 38 Years Old Baez took leave for a year to work with UNESCO in 1951, and stationed his family in Baghdad to establish the physics department and laboratory at Baghdad University.


1959 46 Years Old In 1959, Baez accepted a faculty position at MIT, and moved his family to the Boston area.
1960 47 Years Old In 1960, working with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, he developed optics for an X-ray telescope. … Read More
1961 48 Years Old From 1961 to 1967, he directed science teaching for UNESCO in Paris. … Read More


1967 54 Years Old Dr. Baez made nearly a hundred films on physics from 1967 to 1974 for the Encyclopædia Britannica Educational Corp. … Read More


1974 61 Years Old On 22 June 1974, the British Open University awarded Baez an honorary degree as Doctor of the University.
1988 75 Years Old After his retirement, Baez occasionally delivered physics lectures and was president of Vivamos Mejor/USA, an organization founded in 1988 to help impoverished villages in Mexico. … Read More
1995 82 Years Old In 1995, the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) established the Albert V. Baez Award for Technical Excellence and Service to Humanity.
1998 85 Years Old Baez himself was inducted into the HENAAC Hall of Fame in 1998. … Read More
2007 94 Years Old He died of natural causes March 20, 2007 at age 94 in the Redwood City care home where he had lived for the prior three years. … Read More
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