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Tribute Ceremony for Dr. Israël

Tribute Ceremony for Dr. Israël

Published on June 22, 2009
The Embassy of France in the United States is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Michel Israël, Counselor for Science and Technology, on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in Washington DC. As wished by his family, a private funeral will be held in France.

In order to pay homage to Dr. Israël, Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of France in the United States, invites his colleagues and friends to attend a tribute ceremony that will take place at the Maison Française on Wednesday, June 24 at 3:30 P.M.

A condolence book will be available. Condolence messages can also be sent to

Dr. Michel Israël, Knight of the National Order of Merit, was the Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States since June 1, 2005. An expert in IT processing, Dr. Israël held a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Paris VI. From 2000 to 2005, he was the Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in Tokyo, Japan. From 1999 to 2000, he ran the CNRS’s EP 738 unit at the University of Galatasaray in Turkey (IT Department). From 1991 to 1998, he managed the University of Evry’s IT department. From 1986 to 1987, he was Professor at the University of Toronto in the Electrical Engineering department.

He was the Secretary and Treasurer of the Science Diplomat Club of Washington D.C. after spending two years from 2003 to 2005 as the President of the Scientific Counselors’ club in Tokyo.

His scientific works in the computing field have been awarded many distinctions, in particular the Outstanding Contribution Award (1991), the Distinguished Service Award (2000) and the Meritorious Service Award (1990) of the prestigious IEEE-Computer Society, of which he was an active member for more than 20 years and its second Vice-President since 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole Israël, his daughter Yaël, his son-in-law Benoît Lepont, and two grandchildren, Emma and Sarah.

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