Title: Chemist, Educator
Company: University of California, Berkeley
Location: Oakland, California, United States
William Alexander Lester Jr., PhD, Chemist and Educator at the University of California, Berkeley, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry and higher education.
An esteemed figure in the fields of chemistry and higher education, Dr. Lester has amassed nearly 60 years of professional experience in his areas of expertise. Currently serving as a Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), since 2010, he was appointed Professor of Chemistry in UCB and Faculty Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) in 1981 and after serving as Director of the National Resource for Computation in Chemistry and concurrently as an associate dean in the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and a number of roles with LBL. He commenced his career in 1961, acting as a physical chemist with the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC.
The author of more than 200 papers to professional journals, Dr. Lester has served as a member of the advisory board and member of the editorial board of several journals throughout his career. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the California Academy of Sciences and an elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, he is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.
In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Lester was given an Outstanding Service Award by the National Science Foundation in 1996 and an Outstanding Teacher Award by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 1986. In addition, the Catholic University of America honored him with the Alumni Award in Science in 1983, and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers gave him a Percy L. Julian Award in 1979. Dr. Lester has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.
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