Brigham Young University chemist Milton L. Lee was honored recently in Toronto, when he received the national American Chemical Society Award in chromatography.
Lee, who was awarded the 1987 Utah Award in Chemistry by the Salt Lake and Central Utah sections of the American Chemical Society April 15 in ceremonies at the University of Utah Alumni House, was born in Salt Lake City and obtained his B.A. in chemistry from the U. of U. in 1971. He earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Indiana University in 1975 and joined the BYU faculty in 1976. In 1982 he received the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award, which is the highest honor given for research at BYU, and in 1986 he was awarded the H. Tracy Hall Professorship of Chemistry at BYU.Lee is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications and is best known for his pioneering research in modern capillary gas and supercritical fluid chromatography - the process of separating the constituents of a mixture, in solution, into bands or spots on an absorbent column.