Professor Yuan T. Lee
President Emeritus, Academia Sinica

Professor Yuan T. Lee was born in Hsinchu, Taiwan. In 1962, upon completing his Master’s degree, Prof. Lee entered the University of California at Berkeley. Three years later, under the late Professor Bruce Mahan, he obtained his PhD degree in the chemiionization process of electronically excited alkali atoms. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University, Prof. Lee was recruited by the University of Chicago in 1968. In 1974, he returned to Berkeley as professor of chemistry and principal investigator at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory of the University of California. In 1986, Prof. Lee, along with John C. Polanyi and Dudley R. Herschbach, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for their contributions to the dynamics of chemical elementary processes.”

After receiving the Nobel Prize, Prof. Lee continued his research in chemical dynamics. He also directed much of his attention to the advancement of international scientific developments and to the promotion of general public affairs. In 1994, Professor Lee took the important step of returning to his home country to serve as President of Academia Sinica, the most preeminent academic institution in Taiwan. During his dozen year tenure, Prof. Lee worked hard to improve the quality of research in the Academy. Research conducted at Academia Sinica in several fields now rivals the best work done in other parts of the world. Ever since his return to Taiwan, Prof. Lee has also been taking an active role in promoting scientific and cultural developments in Taiwan.


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