US accuses Harvard’s chemistry chair of lying about work for China DoJ cracking down on alleged Chinese efforts to get tech from American universities Kadhim Shubber in Washington
US prosecutors have charged Charles Lieber, the chair of Harvard University’s chemistry department, with failing to disclose income he allegedly received from the Chinese government. The complaint against Mr Lieber, a leading American chemist, marks an escalation in a Department of Justice crackdown on alleged Chinese efforts to obtain technology from US universities. Mr Lieber is accused of lying to the Department of Defense about income prosecutors claim he received from Wuhan University of Technology as part of his alleged involvement in China’s “Thousand Talents Plan”, which US officials have described as a key part of China’s efforts to gather scientific research from overseas. A public defender assigned to Mr Lieber’s case did not immediately return a request for comment, nor did Harvard University. Last year, US prosecutors filed similar charges against a University of Kansas professor.