Professor Lee Yuan Tseh, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1986, is President of Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He has established the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Science in Taiwan and greatly contributed to the advancement of science and technology in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. He was brought up and educated in Taiwan and gained a Bachelor of Science degree at the National Taiwan University. After graduation he entered the National Tsinghua University where he gained a master’s degree and remained as research assistant until he entered the University of California at Berkeley as a graduate student in 1962. He received his PhD in 1965. At Berkeley he developed an interest in ion-molecule reactions and the dynamics of molecular scattering, particularly the crossed molecular beam studies of reaction dynamics. He continued this research at the University of Chicago where he was made professor in 1973. The following year he returned to Berkeley to pursue the problems associated with reaction dynamics, photochemical processes and molecular spectroscopy.
In recognition of his services to the advancement of science and technology, the University has resolved to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.