William A. Lester, Jr., PhD

Title: Graduate School Professor,
Professor of Chemistry (Retired)
 
Company: University of California, Berkeley
Location: Oakland, CA United States
 
 
 
 
 
 

Affiliations/Associations/Societies:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (nominations committee, 1988-1991) (council delegate, fellow, board of directors, 1993-1997)
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Computers in Chemistry (treasurer, 1974-1977)
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Physical Chemistry (chair, 1979)
  • American Chemical Society, Wisconsin Section (secretary-treasurer, 1967-1968)
  • American Physical Society (chairman, division of chemical physics, 1986)
  • Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs of America, Oakland, CA (advisor)
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Communications in Analysis and Geometry (advisory board, 1997-Present)
  • Gordon Research Conferences (council, 1997-2000)
  • International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
  • Museum of African American Technology (advisory board)
  • National Medal of Science (president’s committee, 2000-2002)
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (fellow) (executive board, 1984-1987)
  • National Research Council Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (2003-2006)
  • Sigma Xi (leaderships committee, 1993-2002) (chair, vice president, 1998-2000) (board of directors, 1998-1999) (committee on development, 1999-2006) (president, 2000-2001)

Achievements:

  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2019)
  • Featured Member, Marquis Millennium Magazine, Marquis Who’s Who (2017)
  • Inductee, Top Professionals of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who (2018)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
  • Recipient, Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Award (2011)
  • Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, American Chemical Society, Las Vegas, NV (2008)
  • Honoree, A Symposium in Honor of William A. Lester, University of California, Berkeley (2007)
  • Chancellor’s Award  for Advancing Institutional Excellence, University of California, Berkeley (2006)
  • Elected Fellow, African Science Institute (2006)
  • Named to the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, National Science Foundation (1996)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Teacher Award, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (1986)
  • Recipient, Alumni Award in Science, Catholic University of America (1983)
  • Recipient, Percy L. Julian Award, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (1979)
  • Recipient, V.A. Adams Scholarship Award, University of Chicago (1953-1958)
  • Recipient, Amos Alonzo Stagg Medal, University of Chicago (1957)
  • Recipient, Man of the Year Award, University of Chicago (1957)
  • Recipient, Alumni Deans Award, University of Chicago (1955)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Contribution Award, IBM
  • Recipient, National Service to Youth Award, Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs of America

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