PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chemical Heritage
Foundation (CHF) has announced that Yuan Tseh Lee, Nobel laureate in
chemistry (1986), will receive the 2008 Othmer Gold Medal. The award
ceremony and the annual Othmer Gold Medal luncheon will open the seventh
annual Heritage Day on Thursday, 15 May 2008. This full day of awards and
honors marks the 11th annual presentation of the Othmer Gold Medal.
"Lee was born in 1936 and educated in Taiwan under the shadow of
Japanese occupation during World War II," said Thomas R. Tritton, president
and CEO of CHF. "He persevered in education, excelled in research, and
earned one of humankind's highest honors -- the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Following three successful decades in America, he returned to Taiwan,
taking a leadership role in education reform and better relations with
Lee received the Nobel Prize in 1986 along with Dudley R. Herschbach
and John C. Polanyi for their contributions to the study of the dynamics of
chemical reactions. Their research contributed to the field of reaction
dynamics by allowing the study of complex reaction mechanisms beyond the
capability of previous methods.
About Yuan Lee
Yuan Tseh Lee was born on 19 November 1936 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He
received a B.S. from the National Taiwan University, an M.S. from Tsinghua
University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In
1967 Lee joined the Harvard University group working on molecular beam
experiments under Dudley Herschbach. After being appointed assistant
professor at the University of Chicago in 1968, Lee rapidly made his
laboratory the North American capital of molecular beam study. Lee returned
to Berkeley as a full professor in 1974 and significantly expanded his
research to include, in addition to crossed molecular beams, studies of
reaction dynamics, investigations of various primary photochemical
processes, and the spectroscopy of ionic and molecular clusters.
Lee has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1986 Nobel
Prize in Chemistry, the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Faraday Medal
and Prize from the Royal Chemical Society of Great Britain, and the
Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Medal from the Indian National Science
Academy. He has also been awarded the Ernest O. Lawrence Award of the U.S.
Department of Energy, the Harrison Howe Award, and the Peter Debye Award of
Physical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. He is a fellow of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the U.S.
National Academy of Sciences, the Gottingen Academy of Sciences, the Indian
Academy of Sciences, the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, the
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Japanese Academy, and
the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In addition Lee is a member of the
Academia Sinica in Taiwan, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing
World, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
In 1994 Lee retired from his position as university professor and
principal investigator for the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the
University of California, Berkeley, and assumed the position of the
president of Academia Sinica in Taiwan. In 2006 he became president
emeritus and distinguished research fellow at the same institution. He has
more than 30 honorary doctoral degrees from universities around the world.
About the Othmer Gold Medal
The Chemical Heritage Foundation established the Othmer Gold Medal in
1997 to honor outstanding individuals who have made multifaceted
contributions to our chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding
activity in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship, research,
education, public understanding, legislation, or philanthropy. Previous
honorees are John D. Baldeschwieler, Arnold O. Beckman, Ronald C. D.
Breslow, Thomas Cech, Carl Djerassi, Mary Lowe Good, George S. Hammond, Jon
M. Huntsman, Ralph Landau, Robert S. Langer, Gordon E. Moore, P. Roy
Vagelos, and James D. Watson.
The medal is presented annually and cosponsored by CHF and four
affiliated organizations: the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Chemists' Club, and the
Societe de Chimie Industrielle (American Section). The medal commemorates
Donald Othmer (1904-1995), noted researcher, consultant, editor, engineer,
inventor, philanthropist, professor, and coeditor of the Kirk-Othmer
Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
About the Chemical Heritage Foundation
The Chemical Heritage Foundation serves the community of the chemical
and molecular sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past,
educating the present, and inspiring the future. CHF carries out a program
of outreach and interpretation in order to advance an understanding of the
role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries
in shaping society; maintains a world-class collection of materials that
document the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences,
technologies, and industries; and encourages research in its collections.
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