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Henry C. Lee - The Need For Knowledge

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Henry C. Lee was born in the People's Republic of China on November 22, 1938. He grew up in Taiwan and attended the elite Taiwan Central Police College where he majored in Police Science. After graduating in 1960 Lee joined the Taipei Police Department. He became one of the country's youngest officers to attain the rank of captain. Henry and his wife, Margaret, immigrated to the United States in 1965 where he attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

While pursuing his education, Lee worked at the New York University Medical Center from 1966 until 1975. In 1972 Lee graduated with a degree in forensic science then went on to New York University. His studies in biochemistry earned him a master's degree in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 1975. The Lees had a daughter named Sherry and a son named Stanley.

Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven as an assistant professor. He created the school's forensic science department and also volunteered his services to the Connecticut State Police to develop a modern forensic science laboratory. In addition, Lee introduced the Major Crime Squad concept for criminal investigation to the state. By 1978, Dr. Lee earned the rank of full professor at the University of New Haven. The following year he was appointed as the first chief criminalist for the State of Connecticut, a position he held until 2000.


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