Taiwanese-American chemist who, with Dudley R. Herschbach and John
C. Polanyi, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1986 for his role
in the development of chemical-reaction dynamics.
As a postdoctoral researcher, Lee experimented with and further developed
Herschbach's invention of the "crossed molecular beam technique"--a
technique (derived from elementary particle physics) in which beams
of molecules are brought together at supersonic speeds under controlled
conditions to allow detailed observation of the events that occur during
chemical reactions. Lee extended Herschbach's technique, introducing
mass spectroscopy to identify the products resulting from the reactions
of oxygen and fluorine atoms with complex organic compounds.
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