Yuk-Wing Lee

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Yuk-Wing Lee (April 14, 1904 – November 8, 1989) was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is best known for adapting and popularizing the pioneering work of Norbert Wiener and for his own research on statistical communication theory.

Lee was born in Macao and called “Yuwing” or “YW” by his friends. He was a longtime collaborator of Wiener. After obtaining his doctorate at MIT, he returned to China and taught at Tsinghua University. He invited Wiener there in 1935-1937. In 1946 he came back to MIT as a Visiting Professor and initiated his research on statistical communication theory. He then stayed at MIT for 30 years. John Costas and Amar Bose were his students at MIT. He died in San Mateo, California.


  • Lee, Y.-W. (1932). Synthesis of electrical networks by means of the Fourier transforms of Laguerre's functions (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
  • Lee, Y.-W. (1950). Application of statistical methods to communication problems (Technical Report No. 181). Cambridge, MA: Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Lee, Y.-W. (1960). Statistical theory of communication. New York: Wiley.


  • Therrien, C. W. (2002). The Lee-Wiener legacy: Statistical theory of communication. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 19(6), 33-34.

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