More more than a year after Harvard University chemistry chairman was arrested for allegedly concealing his receipt of millions of dollars in research funding from China from his university and the US government, dozens of eminent researchers – including many Nobel Prize winners – are coming to Charles Lieber’s defense. They are calling the US Department of Justice (DOJ) case against him “unfair” and are asking the agency to withdraw it.
Following his arrest in January 2020, Lieber was placed on “indefinite” paid administrative leave. The pioneer of nanoscience was indicted in June on suspicion of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in the Chinese Thousand Talents Plan, the country’s program to attract, recruit and cultivate high-level scientific talent. from abroad. Lieber faces up to five years in prison and a $ 250,000 (£ 179,000) fine if convicted.
A March 1 open letter, written and coordinated by the Harvard chemist Stuart Schreiber, co-founder of the Broad Institute and Professor Emeritus Elias Corey, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1990, says Lieber has become the target of a “tragically misguided government …
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