【波士顿美亚出版社供稿】波士顿双语出版社将于2015年6月20日中午假莱克星顿镇中心的扬子江餐馆举行《从清华到麻省理工——我从教育到创业之路》（From Tsinghua to M.I.T. —— My Journey From Education to Entrepreneurship）新书发布会。这部英文自传的作者是今年97岁的美国工程院院士、麻省理工退休教授李诗颖老先生。
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I am really pleased to hear that Professor Shih-Ying Lee’s autobiography is going to be published. I first met Professor Lee on February 14, 2014. I had studied some background information about Professor Lee before the meeting and was eager to meet him. Professor Lee and his wife Lena welcomed me at their beautiful home in Lincoln, Massachusetts. One hour quickly went by and I was truly fascinated by Professor Lee’s life and impressed with his sharp mental and physical condition for a 96 year-old. I was eager to learn more of his life stories and knew that the meeting was only the beginning. Reading my mind, Professor Lee presented me a copy of his autobiography “From Tsinghua to M.I.T.”.
This is a wonderful autobiography, with stories of Professor Lee’s personal life told in modest and faithful English. The book is both educational and inspirational for me and my wife, both of us read it with great interests. We learnt quite a lot of China’s past through Professor Lee’s childhood and his youth, and China-US history especially the Boxer Indemnity Funds or (Geng-Zi Pei Kuan), the struggle of early generations of Chinese immigrants, and a fulfilling life in academia and industry. Professor Lee’s life stories are especially inspirational for immigrants from China, even though today’s immigrants have very different backgrounds. He has shown by examples how to overcome life’s adversaries, to pursue ones passion, and to give back to societies. Professor Lee set up a graduate fellowship at the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering to support students from China pursuing their graduate studies, and graduate fellowships in Tsinghua University to support needy students.
My second visit to Professor Lee was recent, May 9, 2015—after a few cancellations due to the snowy season, and Professor Lee was as sharp as last visit. This time, both my wife Tracy and I had read Professor Lee’s autobiography and we were more informed visitors. In fact, we also got a copy of Professor Lee’s brother- professor Yao Tzu Li’s autobiography “Freedom and Enlightenment”, which was published and available in bookstores or online. Thus, it is really a great pleasure to see that Professor Lee’s autobiography is going to be officially published and available to more readers. I am sure it will inspire generations to come!
Professor Gang Chen, Head
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
June 8, 2015