Sang Oak Lee is Professor of Korean Linguistics at Seoul National University and also taught at the University of Sydney (1994-97). In 1973 as a Fulbright-Hays grantee he entered the University of Illinois at Unbana, and received his Ph.D. in 1978.

He moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to serve as a Research Fellow in the Harvard-Yenching Institute for two years. He was also a grantee of Humboldt Fellowship during the years of 1985 and 1986 at Munich University, and in 2003 at Technical University of Berlin. He is interested in phonetics, phonology, morphology, and quantitative linguistics.

He has engaged in Korean language instruction to foreign students from 1969 to date. He has published a dissertation entitled Middle Korean Tonology, 1979, and a textbook with the title Standard Korean for Japanese (in Japanese) in Tokyo, 1974, and a series of textbooks entitled Korean Through English, 1990 (in English), 1993 (in Chinese), 1994 (in Japanese), 1995 (in Russian), 1996 (in Spanish), 1997(in French) and many others.
Full name : Sang-Oak LEE ( )
Date of birth : August 12, 1944
Place of birth : Seoul, Korea
Gender : Male
Citizenship : Korea
Marital status : Married, one daughter
Mailing Address : Department of Korean College of Humanities
                          Seoul National University Seoul 151-742, KOREA
Tel : (office) 82-2- 880-6031 (home) 82-2-815-7164
E-mail : sangoak@snu.ac.kr, solee33@yahoo.co.kr
Fax : (office) 82-2-878-1246 (home) 82-2-815-7164[switch from voice]
1964-68 B.A. in the Korean language and literature, Seoul National University
1968-69 Transfer to the Department of French Language and Literature
1969-73 M.A.(cum laude), [ABD in Ph.D.] in Korean linguistics, Seoul National University
1973-78 M.A., Ph.D. in general linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
            (supported by the Fulbright Scholarship and the University Fellowship)
Present positions
(since April 1992) Professor in Korean linguistics, Department of Korean Language and Literature,
College of Humanities, Seoul National University

2007-to date Director of Seoul National University Branch Campus Project
2006-to date Director of Korean Language Research Institute, Seoul National University
2002-04 President of International Circle of Korean Linguistics (ICKL)
2001-03 Director of Seoul National University Korean Studies Program (Assorted Major)
1999-2000 Special Committee Member for Romanization System Reform, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
1999-to date President of Seoul Dialect Research Institute
1999-to date Adjunct Professor in Cognitive Sciences, Seoul National University
1998-2000 Adjunct Professor in the Korean Program, Graduate School of International Studies,
              Seoul National University
1996 Chair to the Organizing Committee, The Third Pacific and Asia Conference on Korean Studies
1990-94 Director of SNU-UCLA and SNU-Griffith (Australia) Telelink Program
1989-93 Associate Director in Research Division, Language Research Institute, Seoul National University
1987-89 Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Seoul National University
1987-92 Associate Professor, Department of Korean, College of Humanities, Seoul National University
1986-89 Director of SNU-UCLA Language and Culture Training Project in Korea
1983-85 Associate Director in Testing Division, Language Research Institute, Seoul National Univ.
           Coordinator of Korean Intensive Course for Malaysian Engineers for their 'Look East Policy'
1982-87 Assistant Professor, Department of Korean, College of Humanities,Seoul National University
1979-82 Associate Professor, Department of Korean, College of Humanities,Korea University
1973-74/77-78 Research Assistant, Department of Linguistics, Graduate School,
                     University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1971-73 Lecturer, Department of Korean, Duksung Womens University
1969-73 Teaching/Research Assistant, Korean Language Courses/Research Division,
            Language Research Institute, Seoul National Univ.
Sept 2003-Jan 2004 Visiting Professor, Korea Research Center, Kyushu University
Mar-Aug 2003 Humboldt Research Fellow, Technische Universitat Berlin
1994-97 *Visiting Professor in the Korean Language and Culture, School of Asian Studies,
             University of Sydney
Jul-Aug 1991 Research Fellow, Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 
                   Linguistic Institute, University of California at Santa Cruz
Jan-Feb 1990 Research Professor for their Project, Department of Linguistics, Konstanz University
                     (Award from the VW Project)
1985-86 Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute of the German Philology, Munich University,
            and East-Asian Studies, Bochum University(The Humboldt Fellowship)
Jul-Aug 1983 Research Fellow, LSA Linguistic Institute, University of California at Los Angeles
1980-81 *Visiting Lecturer in the Korean language, Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University
Jul-Aug 1977 Visiting Student, LSA Linguistic Institute, University of Hawaii (LSA Scholarship)
1975-77 Research Fellow, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University
           (Grant in Support of Doctoral Dissertation)
Jul-Aug 1974 Visiting Student, LSA Linguistic Institute, University of Massachusetts (LSA Scholarship)