Henry Lee (forensic scientist)

Dr. Henry Chang-Yu Lee (Chinese: 李昌鈺, pinyin: Lǐ Chāngyù) (born November 22, 1938), is one of the world's foremost forensic scientists.

Early life and career

Lee was born in Rugao city, Jiangsu province, China, and fled to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese Civil War when he was six. He graduated in 1960 from the Central Police College [ [http://cpuweb.cpu.edu.tw/e-profile.asp About Central Police College] ] with a degree in Police Science. Lee then began his work with the Taipei Police Department, where he rose to the rank of captain at age 25, the youngest in Taiwanese history.

In 1972, after coming to the United States to pursue his education, he earned a B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He went on to study science and biochemistry at New York University and earned his M.S. in 1974 and Ph. D. in Biochemistry in 1975.


Current career

Lee is currently the Chief Emeritus for Scientific Services for the State of Connecticut and an occasional lecture professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven, where he has helped to set up the Henry C. Lee Forensic Institute. Previously, he has served as Connecticut's Commissioner of Public Safety, the Director of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory, and as the state’s chief criminologist from 1979 to 2000.

Lee currently resides in Connecticut with his wife Margaret, to whom he was married in 1962.

He currently has a TV show on the truTV network titled "", which highlights his work on many well-known cases.

Famous cases

He has worked on famous cases such as the JonBenét Ramsey murder, the O.J. Simpson and Laci Peterson cases, the post-9/11 forensic investigation, the Washington, DC sniper shootings and to reninvestigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He investigated the 3-19 Shooting Incident of R.O.C. President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu. Following the O.J. Simpson case Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr hired Dr. Henry Lee to join his investigation of the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster, who killed himself in Fort Marcy Park on July 20, 1993. He also was consulted on the 1991 death of investigative journalist Danny Casolaro: initially, Lee said the evidence presented to him by police was consistent with suicidendash but when additional evidence was revealed to him a few years later, Dr. Lee formally withdrew his earlier statement. See the Danny Casolaro page for further details.


May 23, 2007: Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler, the judge in the Phil Spector murder trial said that he had concluded Dr. Henry Lee hid or accidentally destroyed a piece of evidence from the scene of actress Lana Clarkson's shooting. [ [http://www.courttv.com/trials/spector/052307_ctv.html Judge in Spector trial rules defense expert Dr. Henry Lee hid or destroyed evidence on CourtTVnews.com ] ]

Appearances and speeches

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Baltimore, MD - March 2006

*Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT - 2006

*Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY - December 2006

*Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA - April 11, 2007

*Alvernia College, Reading, PA - November 23, 2007

*Loomis Chaffee, Windsor, CT- 2004


External links

* [http://www.drhenrylee.com Official website]
* [http://www.gov.tw/english/news/detail.php?id=20040409cep13&date=20040409 Taiwanese news report] on Lee's arrival in Taipei
* [http://www.kmph.gov.tw/identify/ArticleDetail.aspx?Parm=1505,65,,, Biography (Chinese)]
* [http://www.courttv.com/onair/shows/trace_evidence/ "Trace Evidence: The Case Files of Dr. Henry Lee"]

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