Professor Alessandro De Vita

Dear All,

The Department of Physics at King’s will be holding a gathering in memory of Professor Alessandro de Vita on Wednesday 17 October 4.30-8pm in the Anatomy Museum (King’s Building, Strand Campus).

This will be an informal event with speeches from friends to celebrate and remember Sandro. Followed by a reception to allow everybody to share favourite memories or moments and say goodbye to our colleague and friend.

We would ask that if anybody has any photographs, music pieces, images of items or anything at all that reminds you of Sandro please do send them to me by Monday as we would like to include them.

There will also be a reception book, where you are welcome to write down your favourite memory and we will pass this onto his family.

If you knew and loved Sandro then please do join us at any time that you are able to.

Dr Paul Le Long

Department Manager

Department of Physics

King’s College London

020 784 82148


Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great sadness that we bring to you the tragic news that Professor Alessandro de Vita passed away on Tuesday as a result of a road traffic accident in Trieste, Italy.

Sandro was a Professor in the Department of Physics at King’s College London and Director of the TYC@King’s. He was one of the original founders of the Thomas Young Centre in 2006 and since that time worked continuously to build and shape the TYC into the organisation it has now become. Nobody was more dedicated than Sandro to its intercollegiate founding philosophy of bringing together London-based researchers in theory and simulation of materials.

Those of you who met and knew Sandro will remember his warmth, enthusiasm, generosity, intelligence, wisdom, and humour. The tragedy of his loss will be deeply felt by all of us, particularly his family and close friends with whom our thoughts remain at this difficult time.

Sandro’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 9th October at 15.30 in the Duomo of Udine, Italy ( All are welcome.  If anyone has any comments or memories of Sandro that they would like us to pass on to his family then feel free to get in touch. Also we would be happy to hear suggestions from the TYC community on how best to honour and commemorate Sandro’s life.

With kind regards,

Arash Mostofi (TYC@Imperial)

Angelos Michaelides & Alex Shluger (TYC@UCL)

Martin Dove (TYC@QMUL)

Sandro De Vita image.jpg

Follow @tyc_london for updates from the Thomas Young Centre.