About Michel Desa
Michel Marie Desa (April 27, 1939, Moscow - November 23, 2016, Paris) is a Soviet and French mathematician, specializing in combinatorics, discrete geometry and graph theory. He was director of research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), vice-President of the European Academy of Sciences, Professor of the Japanese Institute of Science and Advanced Technology and one of the three founding editors of the European Combinatorics Journal.
Deza (nee Mikhail Efimovich Tyylkin) graduated from Moscow University in 1961, after that he worked in the Academy of Sciences of the USSR before emigrating to France in 1972. In France, he worked for the CNRS from 1973 to 2005 until retirement. He wrote eight books and about 280 scientific papers with 75 different co-authors, including four works with Paul Erdos, which gave him the number of Erdos 1.
Materials of the conference on combinatorics, geometry and computer science, held in Lumini, France, in May 2007, were collected in a special issue of the European Combinatorics Magazine in honor of the 70th anniversary of M. Deza.
The wife of Michel Marie Desa, Elena Ivanovna Desa, is also a mathematician, a professor at the MPGU.
Was killed in Paris on November 23, 2016 in a fire.
Discrete Geometry, Combinatorics and Applications. Some recent research topics: I. Fullerenes: IQ and virus structure II. Space fullerenes and metallic alloys III. Railroads and zigzags in fullerenes IV. Ambiguous boundaries of polycycles