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Professor Michel Anseau 1947-2007

5 December 2007

The College is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Professor Michel Anseau, student at Cambridge in 1970-71,who died in Mons (Belgium) at the age of 60.

Born in 1947, he was educated in Mons and Cambridge (Trinity Hall). He obtained his Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Physics in 1971 working under Sir Nevill Mott in the Cavendish Laboratory. His work on the electrical properties of amorphous and polycrystalline alloy films at Cambridge and further research at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) contributed to his Ph.D. thesis submitted at the University of Mons-Hainaut in 1973.

His professional career in materials science research took him to Belgium, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain. Michel returned to the University of Cambridge as a visiting scientist in 1982-83 working in the Department of Engineering (Materials).

Michel was married in 1969 to Nicole Pichueque. The couple had three sons, Francois-Xavier, Julien and Matthieu. He was an avid follower of cycling in general and the exploits of Rik Van Looy in particular, and he enjoyed his family and friends, a glass of French wine and the books of Alphonse Boudard. Michel was warm, modest and generous in good advice, and he will be extremely missed by his family and friends.

December 2007

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