David M. Lee, Ph.D.

David Lee

Title: Physics Professor
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: College Station, Texas, United States

David M. Lee, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics and higher education.

Dr. Lee, a prestigious and respected figure in the realm of physics education, has been serving as a professor of physics at Texas A&M University since 2009. Prior to this illustrious role, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and served in the U.S. Army after completing undergraduate studies. Following his service, Dr. Lee obtained a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut and a Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University. He then served Cornell University in various capacities, commencing his career with the university as an instructor of physics in 1959 and remaining with the university until 2009. During that time, he ascended the ranks to assistant professor, associate professor, full professor and finally the James Gilbert White distinguished professor of the physical sciences from 1999 to 2009.

Alongside these endeavors, Dr. Lee was formerly a chair municipal (1994) of the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France as well as a visiting professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla. Likewise, he was a visiting lecturer at Peking University in Beijing, China, and visiting scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As such, to share his wealth of expertise with the academic community, he has contributed multiple articles to various peer-reviewed journals such as The Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, Nature, Physica Scripta, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Review of Scientific Instruments.

Among his notable achievements, Dr. Lee is most renowned for co-discovering superfluid helium-3 with Douglas Osheroff and the late Robert Richardson in 1972.  He and his cohorts earned the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1996 for the discovery of superfluid helium-3, which Dr. Lee considers to be the highlight of his career. This work also involved one of the first applications of magnetic resonance imaging to a physics experiment before magnetic resonance imaging became an important medical tool.

Dr. Lee additionally discovered a density maximum in liquid helium-3 and made extensive measurements of the phase diagram of liquid and solid helium-3, helium-4 mixtures. His work on superconducting tunneling in cadmium-alumninum junctions was one of the first studies of this phenomenon below the temperature of one Kelvin degree above absolute zero. More recently, he observed collective sound modes in superfluid helium-3, which obeyed the Nambu identity and is analogous to the Higgs Phenomenon in elementary particle physics. In addition, he discovered nuclear spin waves in spin polarized hydrogen gas in the mid 1980’s. Currently, he studies atomic free radicals trapped in low temperature matrices including spin polarized hydrogen atoms embedded in thin films of solid molecular hydrogen. He is grateful to all of his co-workers, including the 33 Ph.D. graduate students he mentored, for their essential roles in all of the research programs mentioned above.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Lee has maintained affiliation with numerous professional organizations to remain abreast of developments within the field. He is a member of US National Academy of Sciences and also a foreign member of the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom and the Russian Academy of Science.

In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Lee has accrued several accolades including the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University in 1998. With his superfluid helium-3 cohorts, he received the Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society in 1981 and the Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize from the British Institute of Physics in 1976. Likewise, he also received fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Notably, he has been highlighted in Who’s Who in 20th Century America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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