David Morris Lee Biography
Birthday: January 20, 1931 (Aquarius)
Born In: Rye, New York, United States
David Morris Lee is an American physicist who won a share of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Robert C. Richardson and Douglas Osheroff “for their discovery of superfluidity in helium-3." Their discovery, which is mainly of theoretical significance, confirms a number of predictions in quantum theory. It also has a key role to play in the theory of strings. Born in New York to descendents of Jewish immigrants from England and Lithuania, Lee grew up near the sea and spent a considerable time of his childhood exploring the coastline, collecting frogs, fish, salamanders, snakes and worms. This is how his fascination with nature and science began which would eventually lead him to his life’s calling. He also loved railways from childhood and developed an interest in meteorology as a teenager. As a youngster he had planned to study biological sciences but over the years he was more drawn towards physics which he chose as his major at Harvard University. He proceeded to complete his master’s degree and research before taking a job at Cornell University. In the 1970s he began the work, which ultimately won him the Nobel Prize. In collaboration with Robert C. Richardson and Douglas Osheroff, he performed important research in low-temperature physics which lead to the discovery of superfluidity in helium-3.