Former President of ICSU and the Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, Nobel laureate
Prof. Lee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of his seminal contribution to the development of reaction dynamics – a new field of research in chemistry at the time. His use of crossed molecular beams allowed the study of complex reaction mechanisms beyond the capability of previous methods. In 1994, Prof. Lee took up the position as President of the Academy of Sciences located in Taipei. Under his 12-year leadership the institution was transformed into a world class research centre, attracting scholars and creative young scientists from around the world. His achievements have been recognized with many awards, among which the US National Medal of Science, the Faraday Medal and Prize of the UK Royal Chemical Society, and the Ettore Majorana–Erice Science for Peace Prize. He is a fellow of numerous learned societies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). He has received honorary doctorates from over 35 universities worldwide.