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Finding Aid to the Yuan T. Lee papers, 1964-1994 (bulk 1980-1993)
BANC MSS 90/134 c  
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Yuan T. Lee papers
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1994
    Date (bulk): 1980-1993
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 90/134 c
    Creator: Lee, Yuan Tseh
    Extent: 9 cartons (11.25 linear feet)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Yuan T. Lee papers including correspondence, research proposals, organizational records, project files and university records.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Chinese
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Yuan T. Lee papers, BANC MSS 90/134 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

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    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Lee, Yuan Tseh
    Chemists -- United States
    Berkeley (Calif.)
    Faculty papers

    Administrative Information


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    Biographical Information

    A professor in the Chemistry Department at U.C. Berkeley starting in 1974, Yuan T. Lee is best known for his work on the use of chemical kinetic techniques to investigate and manipulate the behavior of chemical reactions involving relative large molecules by using crossed molecular beams. Born in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1936, he graduated from the National Taiwan University in 1959 with a B.Sc., earned an M.S. at the National Tsing Hua University in 1961 and completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at U.C. Berkeley in 1965. After post-doctoral studies at Harvard University under the tutelage of Dudley Herschbach, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the James Franck Institute of the University of Chicago in 1968. His subsequent appointment as Professor of Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley seven years later also included the role of principal investigator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1994-2006, Lee was also President of Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Chief among the many accolades he received over the years was the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986. In addition, he was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1975), has been awarded the National Medal of Science (1986) and was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Currently Dr. Lee is Professor Emeritus of the Chemistry Department at U.C. Berkeley and is serving as President of the International Council for Science.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Yuan T. Lee papers contain correspondence, organizational files, research proposals and reports that chronicle both the eminent chemist’s career at U.C. Berkeley, and his numerous professional activities and contributions outside of the university. Active on many fronts in his native Taiwan, Lee also undertook collaborative research project with colleagues at institutions throughout the world (including France, Sweden and Japan) and served on numerous committees. His papers are notable for their focus on the work of Chinese and Chinese American specific science associations (such as the Chinese American Chemical Society, and the Chinese Association for Science and Technology), and his groundbreaking research on chemical kinetics and crossed molecular beams. Indeed, the many research proposals to such entities as the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research and the Atomic Energy Commission, speak to the prominence of his research and national interest in his innovations in the field.