Trivia Question 12/29/11 – Robert C. Baker

Birthday ChickenHappy birthday to Robert C. Baker.  Born on this date in 1921, he was a Cornell University professor and is remembered for creating this tasty food.


What food product did Robert C. Baker invent?


The chicken nugget


A Lansing, New York native, Robert Baker earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1943.  He traveled the world innovating how people eat and view chicken.  Accredited to him are more than 40 poultry, turkey and cold cut innovations, making him the “George Washington Carver of poultry”.  Due to his contributions to the poultry sciences, he is a member of the American Poultry Hall of Fame.

He is also responsible for a revolutionary way to bind breading to chicken, co-invented the machine responsible for deboning chicken and created the chicken and turkey hot dogs and turkey ham.

His big claim to fame, however, is as the inventor of the chicken nugget.

McDonald’s is often falsely credited with the invention of the chicken nugget. In fact Baker published his chicken nugget recipe in the 1950s as unpatented academic work, while McDonald’s patented its recipe for Chicken McNuggets in 1979 and started selling the product in 1980.


A total of 28 stations checked in to the Net tonight and 3 of those got the correct answer.  Congrats to:

  • KD6JEV – John
  • W6TCB – Kevin
  • AD6UP – Louie

Thank you to all stations who checked in tonight for the last net of 2011 and thanks to everyone who checked in throughout the year.  Happly New Year to all.

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