Michel Waldschmidt

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Born June 17th, 1946 in Nancy (Lorraine), a wonderful city in the east of France.
I am married, two children, Alexis (born in 1976, married to EunHee Lee on November 8, 2008, son Louis born November 9th, 2010) and Hélène (1978-2004).
Studies : Lycée Henri Poincaré, Nancy and at the University of Nancy (which became Université Henri Poincaré Nancy 1, now Université de Lorraine).
I was assistant, and then Attaché de Recherche (CNRS) one year (in 1971/72) at Université de Bordeaux, where my thesis supervisor was Jean Fresnel.
I was Chargé d'Enseignement at Orsay in 1972/73, then Maître de Conferences in Paris 6 (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), where I am now Professor (Faculté de Mathématiques Pierre et Marie Curie, UFR 929), Emeritus starting from 2012. I gave courses at Collège de France (Cours Peccot 1976-77), École Normale Supérieure (Paris), ENS Saint Cloud, ENSJF (Sèvres),... and abroad.
I am member of the social networks Strava and I have a facebook account only for the call for funds for the program GRAID (Graduate Assistantships in Developing Countries) of IMU via CIMPA. My hobby: marathons, ultrarunning.


I am a member of
    Sorbonne Université,
       Faculté des Sciences et Ingénierie,
             UFR de Mathématiques
                Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu Paris Rive Gauche - UMR 7586 IMJ-PRG
                   Group of Number Theory,
                Faculté de Mathématiques Pierre et Marie Curie, UFR 929
    SMF (Société Mathématique de France),
    EMS (European Mathematical Society),
    ESMA (European Society for Mathematics and Art),
    Life Member of the AMS (American Mathematical Society),
    RMS Ramanujan Mathematical Society,
    The Papua New Guinea Mathematical Society (PNGMS) (Fellow),
    LACS (Limouriens pour une Animation Culturelle Scientifique),
    Association pour la Promotion Scientifique de l'Afrique (APSA),
    Honorary Member of the Council for Mathematics Education, Nepal,
    Life Honorary Member of the Society for Special Functions and their Applications (SSFA), India,
    Life Member of the Indian Mathematical Society,
    Volunteer Lecturer Program of the Commission for Developing Country of the International Mathematical Union,
    The Institute for the Advancement of Physics and Mathematics (Athens, Greece).
    Donor of Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), and benefactor member of Les Amis de l'IHÉS.

I have been
    Président de la Société Mathématique de France from June 2001 to June 2004.
    Vice-President of the CIMPA (Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées) from January 2005 to January 2009,
    Regional Scientific Officer (RSR Responsable Scientifique Régional) for India and Central and West Asia of the CIMPA (Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées): 2009-2011.
    Member of the Commission for Developing Countries of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) (2019 - 2022).
    Member (2011-2015), Chair (2013-2015) and now associate member of the Committee for the Developing Countries (CDC) of the European Mathematical Society (EMS)
    Member of the ERC Starting Grant Peer Review Panel 2011, Consolidator Grant Peer Review Panel 2013 and Consolidator Grant Peer Review Panel 2015
    Association Oxygène (Lycée Jules Verne de Limours) of which I was president in 2008-2009,

    I am involved in the Cooperation in Mathematics between France and several countries. For academic reasons, I visited more some 80 different countries, and delivered lectures in most of them. I taught a number of courses at the Master level in Algeria, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kurdistan Irak, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tchad, Thailand, Vietnam.
    Further, I gave courses for CIMPA Research Schools in Nice (1983), Lahore (Pakistan, 2009 and 2012), Oujda (Morocco, 2009 and 2015), Kathmandu (Nepal, 2010 and 2014), Istanbul (Turkey, 2010 and 2017), Bamako (Mali, 2010), Kinshasa (Congo, 2011 and 2018), Manila (Philippines, 2013 and 2023), Shillong (India, 2013), Dangbo (Bénin, 2014 and 2022), Oujda (Morocco, 2015), Nouakchott (Mauritania, 2016), Tipaza (Algérie, 2016), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam, 2016), Abidjan (Ivory Coast, 2017), Şirince (Turquie, 2017), Johannesburg (South Africa, 2018), Yogyakarta (Indonesia, 2020), Hanoi (Vietnam, online, 2021), M'Bour (Senegal, 2022).
    Furthermore, I lectured in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Malaisia, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, USA and in many places in Europe.

Students, descendants, co-authors, citations

The list of my 23 research students and 141 descendants is available on the Mathematics Genealogy Project website. Among my mathematical ancestors is Leonhard Euler.
The list of my 58 co-authors is available on the MathSciNet website.
A list of 206 publications and 1001 citations in 716 publications by 676 authors is available from the MathSciNet Citation Database. Here is my profile according to MathSciNet. I wrote 297 reviews for Math Reviews (now MathSciNet).
A list of 212 publications including 7 Books is available from the zbMATH Database. Here is my profile according to zbMATH. My main field is number theory (207 publications); I also published papers in algebraic geometry (41), functions of a complex variable (20), functions of several variables and analytic spaces (16), history and biography (14), special functions (12). 138 Publications have been cited 854 times in 556 Documents. I reviewed 400 documents for Zentralblatt (now zbMATH).
Google scholar gives a list of 4874 citations (996 since 2019).

Editorial Boards

    Acta Arithmetica.
    Springer Verlag: Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften.
    Advisory Board of Afrika Matematika (Springer Verlag)
    (World Scientific) Series on Number Theory and Its Applications.
    Chamchuri Journal of Mathematics.
    The Iranian Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Informatics.
    The Journal Of The Indian Mathematical Society.
    South Pacific Journal of Pure & Applied Mathematics.
    Southeast Asian Bulletin of Mathematics, honorary editor.
    The Hardy Ramanujan Journal (Advisory board)
    Advisory Board of the Journal of Prime Research in Mathematics (Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan).
    Advisory Board of the Journal of Nepal Mathematical Society (JNMS)
    Editorial Board of The Nepali Mathematical Sciences Report

Boards and Councils :

    Member (2019 - 2022 and 2023 - 2026) of the GRAID Committee.
    IHES India Adviser (Chargé de mission pour l'IHÉS en Inde) — India Fund at IHÉS (2013– )
    Associate member (2016 - ) of the Committee for the Developing Countries (CDC) of the European Mathematical Society (EMS)
        (website for payment of CDC donations)
    Member of the Advisory Board for The (Indian) Mathematics Consortium.
    Advisory board of the Roman Number Theory Association (RNTA).
    Conseil Scientifique de L'Association pour la Promotion Scientifique de l'Afrique (APSA).
    Conseil scientifique du GIS (Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique) SARIMA (Soutien aux Activités de Recherche en Informatique et Mathématique en Afrique).
    Membre du réseau AFRIMath, Afrique France Réseau International en Mathématiques.
    Associate Member of the The Number Theory Research Unit (NTRU) at CAMS (the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences), American University of Beirut.


    Médaille Albert Chatelet (1974),
    Fondation Peccot, Collège de France (1977),
    Médaille d'Argent du C.N.R.S. (1978),
    Prix Marquet de l'Académie des Sciences (1980),
    Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1985),
    Distinguished Award of the Hardy-Ramanujan Society (1986),
    Honorary Fellow of the Hardy-Ramanujan Society (2006),
    Doctor Honoris Causa from Ottawa University (2013),
    AMS 2021 Bertrand Russell Prize. The prize honors research or service contributions of mathematicians or related professionals to promoting good in the world and recognizes the various ways that mathematics furthers human values.

Some links

    EMS Newsletter March 2019, Interview by Ulf Persson
       published in the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society, March 2019, issue 111, p. 23-26.
    Le Podcast de la culture mathématique.
       Trajectoires #18: Nombres Transcendants (23 septembre 2019).
    Interview for the seminar Geometry, Arithmetic and Differential Equations of Periods (GADEPs), Rio de Janeiro, Friday, October 9, 2020.
       The video is available on You Tube.
    Interview par le CIMPA le 9 décembre 2020 à Nice.
    Online CIMPA Courses.
    Michel Waldschmidt, Limourien mathématicien - Limours Magazine 165 Juin 2021 p.20.


There is more information on my cv in English or/ou en Français.