Professor William Lester awarded lifetime achievement award

Professor William Lester, a chemist and educator at UC Berkeley, has been awarded the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the field of chemistry. This special honor is given based on longevity and contributions the honoree has made to society, and the impact on their industry. Professor Lester will be honored at IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year.

Lester is being honored for dedicating close to six decades of his life as a chemist and educator.  He has demonstrated success not only as a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC, Berkeley, but in his other work as well. His impressive repertoire of prior roles include being a Physical Chemist with the National Bureau of Standards in Washington DC; Staff Scientist and Manager, IBM San Jose Research Laboratory; Director of the National Resource for Computation in Chemistry and concurrently an Associate Director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); Associate Dean for the College of Chemistry; and a Faculty Senior Scientist at LBNL.

Choosing Dr. Lester for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He has dedicated close to 60 years to the industry, he is brilliant, his list of accomplishments and accolades are beyond impressive, he is active in numerous organizations and affiliations, he was exactly what we were looking for. We know we will be seeing more outstanding things from this man and hope to spend time with him at the gala.IAOTP’s President Stephanie Cirami

Professor Lester was interviewed recently by fellow Professor Robert Bergman for the UC Berkeley Emeriti Association Legacy Project about his work and life experience.