Edouard Brézin was a staff member of the Theory Department of the French Atomic Energy Commission from 1963 to 1986, Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique (1974-2004) and has been Professor of Physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure since 1989. Additionally, he was the non-Executive President of CNRS from 1992-2000. He has been a member of the French Academy of Sciences since 1991 and served as its President in 2005-2006. Additionally, he is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Royal Society (UK) and has been a visiting professor at institutions the world over. His work has been widely published in journals, books and magazine articles. He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, a member institute of ParisTech.