Si-Chen Lee (李嗣涔) was born in Taiwan, on August 13, 1952. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1974 and Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1981 with a work consisting of experimental investigation of the AlGaAs/GaAs multi-heterojunction properties.
From 1980 to 1982, he worked at Energy Conversion Devices Inc. concerning the application of amorphous silicon hydrogen alloy to the solar cells. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University in 1982 as a visiting associate professor, and is a professor now.
He served as the chairman of the Department from 1988 to 1992 and the Dean of academic affairs of National Taiwan University from 1996 to 2002, the President of National Taiwan University from 2005 to 2013. His current research interests are in the various kinds of thin film transistors including amorphous silicon, oxide semiconductors and two dimensional materials. He is developing infrared plasmonic and waveguide thermal emitter based on metal/insulator/ metal structure with applications to gas detection, biological reaction of cells and cancer treatment. He also works on the infrared sensors including InAs/GaAs strained layer quantum dot/ring infrared photodetector and amorphous silicon sensors incorporated the photonic crystal structure for applications to the narrow band infrared absorption.He has moved into the area of SiGe nanowire transistors and successfully developed the electric field assisted directional growth of SiGe nanowire. Since 1988, he pioneered a research work on the Chinese traditional qigong and somatic science.
Dr. Lee is an IEEE Fellow, member of the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering, he has received Dr. Sun Yat-San Academic award in 1987, five consecutive outstanding research awards of National Science Council from 1986 to 1996. He has been elected as a member of The Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM) in 1997, and received IEEE Third Millennium Medal for outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of Semiconductor Devices in 2000. In 2002, he was awarded the Medal of Electrical Engineering from the Association of Chinese Electrical Engineer. He has received 47th Academic Award of Ministry of Education in 2003. He was awarded honorary Doctor Degrees by Kansai University of Japan in 2005 and Exeter University in 2011.