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Physics Nobel laureate honored for fine arts

Physics Nobel laureate honored for fine arts

Lee Tsung-dao, the 1953 Nobel laureate for Physics, accepted National Taiwan Normal University's offer of an honorary title as Professor of the Fine Arts earlier this year, and in the future will lecture students about his contributions to fine arts, according to NTNU.
Although the 82-year-old Nobel Laureate still conducts physics research at Columbia University, most people in Taiwan are not aware that he also spent time engaged in fine arts and literature.
NTNU President Guo Yih-shun yesterday showed local media a handmade greeting card that he had received from Guo. Guo said that every year, Lee paints and makes many different greeting cards and sends them to his friends.
In the past, Lee has also been invited as a guest professor at an arts college in China. Lee has advocated the idea of better interaction between the arts and sciences, for the betterment of both disciplines.
Guo said earlier this year that he had sent Lee an e-mail invitation, asking whether he'd accept a title as Honorary Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, which Lee promptly accepted.
As Lee still maintains a very busy schedule at Columbia University, Guo said that Lee would not lead any full-time classes at NTNU, and that he would only make brief visits and serve as a guest speaker at the school.
NTNU public relations official Wen Ming-chung said although many schools would like to offer Lee honorary titles, but that as a prominent scholar, Wen does not normally accept them.


Updated : 2021-06-25 00:31 GMT+08:00