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Henry C. Lee

The Need For Knowledge, The Future Of Science, Criminal Profiling, Continuing The Search

Born November 22, 1938 (People's Republic of China)

Forensic scientist

Dr. Henry C. Lee is an internationally respected authority in the field of forensic science. Forensic science refers to scientific testing methods and the latest technologies to the collect, preserve, process, and analyze evidence. He has worked with law enforcement agencies on thousands of crime scenes in over thirty countries around the world.

"The criminal investigator and forensic scientist are later responsible for scientifically finding the evidence which will clearly exhibit to a judge and jury just how a murder has been committed and by whom."

Throughout his career Lee has been called on to testify as an expert witness in numerous challenging and high-profile cases. Dr. Lee helped develop research methods to extract and analyze DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) from human bones. DNA is microscopic genetic material found in a person's cells, which is unique to each person. This technological advance was used to identify bodies of U.S. soldiers recovered in Vietnam following the Vietnam War (1954–75; a controversial war in which the United States aided South Vietnam in its fight against a takeover by Communist North Vietnam). The technique also helped identify the remains of war victims recovered from a mass grave in Bosnia in the 1990s. In 1998 Lee founded the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science in order to advance the study and development of forensic science.

Dr. Henry C. Lee. (AP/Wide World Photos)

For More Information


Genge, Ngaire E. The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation. New York: Ballantine Books, 2002.

Lee, Henry C., and Jerry Labriola. Famous Crimes Revisited. Southington, CT: Strong Books, 2001.

Lee, Henry C., and Thomas W. O'Neil. Cracking Cases: The Science of Solving Crimes. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002.

Lee, Henry C., and Frank Tirnady. Blood Evidence: How DNA Is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2003.

Ressler, Robert K., and Tom Shachtman. I Have Lived in the Monster. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.

Web Sites

Dr. Henry Lee: Forensic Science. http://www.drhenrylee.com/home.shtml (accessed on August 15, 2004).

"Dr. Henry Lee." Lawrence County, Tennessee. http://www.co.lawrence.tn.us/events/LawSeminar/2002/HenryLee_bio.htm (accessed on August 15, 2004).

"Interview: Dr Henry C. Lee." Crime Library. http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal_mind/forensics/lee/1.html?sect=21 (accessed on August 15, 2004).

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationCrime and Criminal Law