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William A. Lester, Jr. Papers

117 items

The William A. Lester, Jr. Papers contain the professional and personal papers of African American theoretical chemist and chemistry educator William A. Lester, Jr (1937-). Lester is noted for his theoretical studies of the electronic structure of molecules through Quantum Monte Carlo methods. He is also an advocate for underrepresented minorities in the sciences and higher education.

In 1978, Lester joined the staff of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, California. From 1978 to 1981, he served as Director of the National Resource for Computation in Chemistry (NRCC). During his tenure as Director of the NRCC, Lester concurrently served as Associate Director and Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Lester was a longtime member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and served on the organization’s National Board (1984-1987).

A small selection of the collection has been digitized.