Michel Waldschmidt

Michel Waldschmidt ( born June 17, 1946 in Nancy ) is a French mathematician who (especially with transcendental numbers ) deals with number theory.

Waldschmidt went to Nancy to school ( Lycée Henri Poincaré ) and studied at the University of Nancy ( completion 1968). It was in 1972 at the University of Bordeaux with Jean Fresnel doctorate ( Independence and algébrique de nombres transcendants ), where he was 1971/72 Attaché de Recherche of the CNRS. After that, he was a lecturer in Orsay and 1972/73 Maître de conférences at the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie ), where he was also professor in 1973 and has since remained. Waldschmidt was also a visiting professor, among others at the École normale supérieure. He is a member of the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu in Chevaleret.

Waldschmidt is one of the leading experts on the theory of transcendental numbers and Diophantine approximations.

In 1974 he received the Albert Chatelet Medal and 1978 Silver Medal of the CNRS. In 1980 he received the Prix Marquet of the Académie des sciences in 1986 and the Distinguished Award from the Hardy - Ramanujan Society. 2001 to 2004 he was President of the French Mathematical Society. He is a member of the European and American Mathematical Society and the Ramanujan Mathematical Society.

He is committed to international academic and student exchanges, and since 2005 has been vice president of active mathematical research in this direction Institute CIMPA in Nice. In this context, he traveled extensively around the world. He is coordinator of the cooperation mathematically area between France and India.

His doctoral include Éric Reyssat and Daniel Bertrand.


  • Diophantine approximation on linear algebraic groups. Springer, basic teachings of Mathematical Sciences, 2000
  • Nombres transcendants. Lecture Notes in Mathematics Bd.402, 1974, Springer
  • Nombres transcendants et groupes algébriques. Astérisque Bd.69/70, 1979, 2nd edition 1987
  • Transcendence Methods. Queens Papers in Pure and Applied Mathematics, 1979
  • With Jean -Marc Luck, Pierre Moussa, Claude Itzykson (Eds. ): From Number Theory to Physics. Les Houches Lectures 1989, Springer 1992