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educator , explorer , photographer , writer

Ian Archbald Baker, American explorer, educator, writer, photographer. Achievements include leading National Geographic Society expedition into Tsangpo Gorge's previously unexplored section and documented and measured 110' high falls that had previously been only subject of speculation. Named it Hidden Falls of Dorje Phagmo, 1998.

Background

Baker, Ian Archbald was born on December 10, 1957 in New York City. Son of John Milnes and Virginia Lea Busser Baker.

Education

Bachelor in Art History cum laude, Middlebury College, 1980. Master of Arts in English Literature, Oxford University, 1985. Postgraduate, Columbia University.

Career

Field work Explorer's Club New York, India, Sikkim, and Nepal, 1981-1982. Academy director semester abroad programs School International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1983-1990. Freelance writer, photographer, since 1993.

Tour leader Smithsonian Institution, Boston Museum Fine Arts, Distant Horizons. Research associate Foundation Shamanic Studies. Academy advisor University Wisconsin, 1985-1993.

Consultant Tibetan and Himalayan art Togendo Collection, Kyoto, Japan, 1990-1992. Founder Red Panda Expeditions, Ltd., since 1993, Rare Journeys, 2006. Leader research expeditions in Namche Barwa-Tsangpo gorge region of Tibet, 1993-1998.

Achievements

  • Achievements include leading National Geographic Society expedition into Tsangpo Gorge's previously unexplored section and documented and measured 110' high falls that had previously been only subject of speculation. Named it Hidden Falls of Dorje Phagmo, 1998.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Tibetan Art of Healing with foreword by Dalai Lama, 1997, The Dalai Lamas' Secret Temple: Wall Paintings from the Lukhang with foreword by the Dalai Lama, 2000, Celestial Gallery, 2000, The Heart of The World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place, Introductions by the Dalai Lama 2004. Co-author: Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life with foreword by Dalai Lama, 1993. Co-producer (documentary film) Buddhist Hunters of Tsangpo Gorge, 1998.

      Contributor writings and photography to magazines, books in Holland, France, Germany, United States, Britain.

Membership

Member The St. Nicholas Society New York, Colonial Lords of Manors in American, The Explorers Club (International fellow 1997, Research grantee 1980).

Connections

father:
John Milnes

mother:
Virginia Lea Busser Baker