In Memory of Alessandro De Vita

Alessandro De Vita

It's with great sadness that we announced the death of our valued colleague and friend, Professor Alessandro De Vita, from the Department of Physics, on 2 October 2018.

His passing came as a sudden shock to his King’s colleagues and our thoughts and sympathy are with his wife and others close to him.


Peter Main, Head of Physics talks about Alessandro:


"Sandro de Vita was an outstanding scientist with a truly international outlook, as evidenced by his remarkable career. However, he was also an excellent teacher, much appreciated by students, and a valued and reliable colleague. He had a smile and a word for everyone and was a true renaissance man: scientist, linguist, musician and passionate about the arts. Above all, he was a warm-hearted person that we all loved dearly."


During his career Alessandro worked in various UK and EU institutions, including the Universities of Keele, Oxford and Cambridge, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, and the University of Trieste.


In 2010 he became Professor of Physics at King’s. He was a Scientific Advisory Committee member and Spokesman of the EU Psi-K Network.


He was the KCL Director and former Chair of the Thomas Young London Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials, which he co-founded in 2006.


In 2012 he co-founded the UK-JCMaxwell CECAM Node, coordinating EU-wide scientific events organised by the London Colleges and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.


Alessandro was a great mentor and source of inspiration to us and will be remembered with great fondness.