Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Philippe Flajolet

Claude Puech was my PhD advisor, and his own PhD advisor was Philippe Flajolet, so I am a proud to count myself as an academic grandchild of Philippe. In 2007, he gave a great invited talk at the SODA conference in New Orleans, with his usual charisma, enthusiasm and clarity, and we had a "French-speaking lunch" in the New Orleans French quarter, together with a small group of other francophone attendees. Our research tastes are somewhat different, but I have always looked up to him with great admiration.

Today I hear some sad news.

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