Yousef Alavi

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Yousef Alavi (March 19, 1928 – May 21, 2013)[1] was an Iranian born American mathematician who specialized in combinatorics and graph theory. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1958.[2] He was a professor of mathematics at Western Michigan University from 1958 until his retirement in 1996;[3] he chaired the department from 1989 to 1992.[4]

In 1987 he received the first Distinguished Service Award of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America due to his 30 years of service to the MAA; at that time, the Michigan House and Senate issued a special resolution honoring him.[5]


  1. ^ "Yousef Alavi", Kalamazoo Gazette, May 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Yousef Alavi at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Emeritus faculty Archived 2009-07-02 at the Wayback Machine., Western Michigan University mathematics department.
  4. ^ History of the department, Western Michigan University mathematics department.
  5. ^ Michigan Section's Award Recipients.