Michael De Sousa (1989 - 2012)

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Mr Michael De Sousa on 13 May 2012. Mr De Sousa, who was born on 02.09.1989, was working as an apprentice in the TE Department and had been at CERN since 24.08.2009.

The Director-General has sent a message of condolence to his family on behalf of the CERN personnel.

Social Affairs
Human Resources Department



It is with great emotion and deep sadness that we learn of the tragic loss of our colleague and friend Michael De Sousa. Michael was a hard working colleague, cordial and considerate. Within a few months, he marked his presence by the implementation of the instrumentation benches for gas permeation measurement in polymers, and the calibration of high technology gas analyzers, necessary for vacuum technology. His last contribution will enable us to measure pressures in the extreme high vacuum range for the ELENA project.  With the continuation of this activity, his memory will remain.

His accomplishments will remain with us for many years; the memory of his good humour and his energy, will remain engraved in our memories forever.

From colleagues of the TE-VSC group


Michael celebrating Christmas with CERN apprentices in December 2009.


We will always remember Michael as a good friend. We not only worked with him but shared our cares and our joys and celebrated special occasions together. We will remember his good humour, his friendliness, his generosity and the happy times we spent together.

His colleagues, friends and trainers from the apprenticeship centre