Education & Training

The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law

New Advances in Forensic Science

Webcast and Archived Audio

March 15, 2004
Stetson University College of Law, The Great Hall, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL

Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last forty years. Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson trial, and in convictions of the “Woodchipper” murderer as well as hundreds of other murder cases. He has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, and the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination. He has worked with law enforcement agencies to help solve more than 6000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to England, Bosnia, China, Brunei, and other locations around the world.

Dr. Lee is currently the Chief Emeritus for the Connecticut Department of Public Safety. He was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut for over two years and served as the Chief Criminalist from 1979 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern State Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Connecticut.

In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school’s Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Dr. Lee lectures throughout the country and world to police, universities and civic organizations. Dr. Lee has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals and has co-authored more than twenty–five textbooks on topics such as DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, crime scene investigation and crime scene reconstruction.

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineering Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification, and in 1992 was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee continued his studies in biochemistry at NYU where he earned his Masters Degree in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1975. He has also received special training from the FBI Academy, ATF, RCMP, and other organizations. He is the recipient of five honorary Doctorate Degrees in recognition of his contributions to law and science.