Kuo-Hsiung Lee, who was born in 1940 in Taiwan, received his bachelor’s degree from Kaohsiung Medical University and master’s degree from Kyoto University in Japan. He received a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1968.
After graduation, Lee worked as post-doctoral researcher at the University of California before working as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is currently Director of the Natural Products Research Laboratories at the School of Pharmacy. Known for his scientific and scholarly accomplishments in natural product chemistry, Lee is considered one of the more prominent natural chemists in the U.S. He was elected a Fellow of the U.S. Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Academia Sinica of Taiwan. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 1999.