David Morris Lee

About David Morris Lee

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: January 20, 1931
Birth Place: Rye, New York, United States
Alma mater: Yale University University of Connecticut Harvard University
Spouse(s): Dana (2 children)
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1996) Oliver Buckley Prize (1981) Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize (1976) Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1970)
Fields: Physics
Institutions: Cornell University Texas A&M University (2009-present)
Doctoral advisor: Henry A. Fairbank

David Morris Lee

David Morris Lee was born on January 20, 1931 in Rye, New York, United States, is Physicist. David Morris Lee is an American physicist who won a share of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Robert C. Richardson and Douglas Osheroff “for their discovery of superfluidity in helium-3." Their discovery, which is mainly of theoretical significance, confirms a number of predictions in quantum theory. It also has a key role to play in the theory of strings. Born in New York to descendents of Jewish immigrants from England and Lithuania, Lee grew up near the sea and spent a considerable time of his childhood exploring the coastline, collecting frogs, fish, salamanders, snakes and worms. This is how his fascination with nature and science began which would eventually lead him to his life’s calling. He also loved railways from childhood and developed an interest in meteorology as a teenager. As a youngster he had planned to study biological sciences but over the years he was more drawn towards physics which he chose as his major at Harvard University. He proceeded to complete his master’s degree and research before taking a job at Cornell University. In the 1970s he began the work, which ultimately won him the Nobel Prize. In collaboration with Robert C. Richardson and Douglas Osheroff, he performed important research in low-temperature physics which lead to the discovery of superfluidity in helium-3.
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Occupation Scientists
Age 93 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 20, 1931 (Rye, New York, United States)
Birthday January 20
Town/City Rye, New York, United States
Nationality United States

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Lee was born and raised in Rye, New York. His parents, Annette (Franks), a Teacher, and Marvin Lee, an electrical Engineer, were children of Jewish immigrants from England and Lithuania. He graduated from Harvard University in 1952 and then joined the U.S. Army for 22 months. After being discharged from the army, he obtained a master's degree from the University of Connecticut. In 1955 Lee entered the Ph.D. program at Yale University where he worked under Henry A. Fairbank in the low-temperature physics group, doing experimental research on liquid He.


After graduating from Yale in 1959, Lee took a job at Cornell University, where he was responsible for setting up the new Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. Shortly after arriving at Cornell he met his Future wife, Dana, then a PhD student in another department; the couple went on to have two sons.


The work that led to Lee's Nobel Prize was performed in the early 1970s. Lee, together with Robert C. Richardson and graduate student, Doug Osheroff used a Pomeranchuk cell to investigate the behaviour of He at temperatures within a few thousandths of a degree of absolute zero. They discovered unexpected effects in their measurements, which they eventually explained as phase transitions to a superfluid phase of He. Lee, Richardson and Osheroff were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996 for this discovery.


As well as the Nobel Prize, other prizes won by Lee include the 1976 Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize of the British Institute of Physics and the 1981 Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society along with Doug Osheroff and Robert Richardson for their superfluid He work.


Lee moved his laboratory from Cornell to Texas A&M University on November 16, 2009.


In the summer of 2016, Lee lost his wife, Dana, due to un-diagnosed health issues.

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