Lee Lecture Series

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Our annual E.K.C. Lee Lecture and Dinner is in honor of one of Chemistry’s founding faculty: Professor Edward Lee. Ed came to the U.S. for undergraduate studies at Kansas Wesleyan University and graduated as valedictorian in his class. He then joined Sherry Rowland’s Group at the University of Kansas where he completed his Ph.D. studies in just 3.5 years. He helped run the Rowland Group in Kansas while Sherry was here, setting up the new UCI Chemistry Department.

Ed began at UCI as an Assistant Professor in 1965 and was promoted to Associate Professor, and then Full Professor in a total of just six years – a record of rapid promotion not yet exceeded on this campus. In addition to his exemplary scientific achievements in his too brief life, Ed was even more respected for his personal characteristics of integrity, cooperation, and friendship. To honor Ed, the Department established the annual Lee Lecture and Dinner beginning in 1988. Yoon Lee, Ed’s brother, has continued to be a friend of the UCI Chemistry Department and we are very grateful for his support.

 

This year's speaker will be announced soon. The lecture will take place May 27, 2020 at 4pm in the Student Center Auditorium.

 

Below are past speakers for the Lee Lecture Series.


Lee Lecture Series Speakers

2020

TBD

2019

N. J. Halas

2018

D. Newman

2017

M. L. Klein

2016

L. E. Overman

2015

R. J. Cicerone

2014

F. H. Arnold

2013

W. E. Moerner

2012

E. Takeuchi

2011

L. Kiessling

2010

M. Ratner

2009

R. Murray

2008

C. R. Bertozzi

2007

M. H. Thiemens

2006

H. Gray

2005

D. Phillips

2004

L. E. Brus

2003

R. Y. Tsien

2002

S. R. Leone

2001

J. P. Toennies

2000

J. Anderson

1999

E. Schlag

1998

C. Parmenter

1997

S. Solomon

1996

D. Hershbach

1995

J. Rebek Jr.

1994

W. Klemperer

1992

Y. T. Lee

1991

M. A. El-Sayed

1990

C. Djerassi

1989

R. N. Zare

1988

R. B. Bernstein