Michel Deza was born on April 27, 1939, in Moscow. He is a Soviet and French mathematician, specializing in combinatorics, discrete geometry, and graph theory. He was a Director of research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Vice President of the European Academy of Sciences, a Research Professor at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), and one of the three founding editors-in-chief of the European Journal of Combinatorics. Deza graduated from Moscow University in 1961, after which he worked at the Soviet Academy of Sciences until emigrating to France in 1972. In France, he worked at CNRS from 1973 until his retirement in 2005. He has written six books and about 270 academic papers with 75 different coauthors and coeditors, including four papers with Paul Erdos, giving him an Erdos number of 1.
Biography Updated on 23 September 2012