Educated at Stanford and Johns Hopkins in Physics, then at UC Berkeley where he received a doctorate in Russian history, Michael Herzen taught for a couple of years before founding a company to sell laboratory and medical equipment to Russia. In the course of 24 years in business, 1979-2003, he traveled to his office in Moscow Russia over 100 times. He sold his company to Sigma/Aldrich, a St. Louis company producing high purity reagents for research in 1997, and retired in 2003.
For the last several years he has been active in the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, on the speaker committee, periodically composing summaries of the meetings, and is a Paul Harris and Bill Mauel Fellow. An active bicyclist, he rides regularly with a group of ‘seniors’ (over 50), called the “Rusty Spokes”, and invariably assists in organizing, and participates in the annual “Tour de Menlo” of the MP Rotary Club.
Managing a multi-unit apartment complex in graduate school, and owning a larger such complex for two decades, Dr. Herzen is well versed in the many issues of rental dwellings.