Lee is a professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at Berkeley. In 1986 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry John C. Polanyi and Dudley R. Herschbach “for their contributions to the dynamics of chemical elementary processes.” He holds a B.Sc. from Taiwan University (1959); M.S. from Tsinghua University (1961); and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Berkeley (1965). He has been a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1975) and, in addition to the Nobel Prize, he has been the recipient of a National Medal of Science (1986) and other awards.