Past Faculty

Tsung Dao Lee

School of Mathematics (NS)
Affiliation
Mathematics / Natural Sciences

From the Nobel Foundation:

Lee was then fast becoming a widely known scientist, especially for his work in elementary particles, statistical mechanics, field theory, astrophysics, condensed matter physics and turbulence, having solved several problems of long standing and great complexity. Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer praised him as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists then known, whose work was characterized by "a remarkable freshness, versatility, and style".

In 1953, Lee joined Columbia University as an Assistant Professor. His first work was on the renormalizable field theory model, better known as the Lee Model…In 1957, when awarded the Nobel Prize at barely 31 years of age, Lee became the second youngest scientist ever to receive this distinction.

"Tsung-Dao Lee: Biographical," Nobel Foundation (1957)

Nobel Laureate, Physics Prize, 1957

Dates at IAS
Faculty
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
9/19606/1962
Member
  • Natural Sciences
9/19574/1958
Member
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
9/19514/1953
Degrees
University of Chicago Ph.D., 1950
Honors
Nobel Prize in Physics 1957