Harvard University Chemistry Chair Arrested Over Illegal Dealings With China

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Chairman of Harvard University's chemistry department, Charles Lieber, was arrested over illegal dealings with China.

Chairman of Harvard University's chemistry department, Charles Lieber, was arrested over illegal dealings with China, according to The Economist.

In 2013, Lieber visited the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China to celebrate the founding of a nanotech laboratory he had helped establish. However, Harvard officials were unaware of the laboratory and did not learn of it until 2015.

Furthermore, while conducting his research on nanotechnology with grants from the Department of Defence and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he was also being compensated by the WUT. The compensation was $50,000 a month and $150,000 in living expenses.

On January 28, FBI officials arrested Dr. Lieber on a charge of lying to federal authorities after he denied his participation with the founding of the laboratory and the compensation package.

Chairman of Harvard University's chemistry department, Charles Lieber, was arrested over illegal dealings with China.

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