Dr Silvia Breu (1976 – 2018)

  • August 6, 2018
Dr Silvia Breu (1976 – 2018)

Alumna and celebrated rower passes away

Gates Cambridge is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Silvia Breu.

Silvia, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, died peacefully at the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge in the early hours of 3 August 2018 with her husband Christian at her side.

Silvia graduated with PhD in Computer Science from Newnham College in 2013 and was an active member of the Gates Cambridge community.  After a postdoctoral position at Christ Church, Oxford, she returned to Cambridge and for the last year taught at Queens’ College.

She was especially well known and respected for her deep passion for rowing, and she represented the University in the winning Blondie boat in 2011.  She coached, coxed and brought success to numerous clubs, including the Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club, the College boat clubs of Sidney Sussex, Wolfson, Churchill, St Edmunds and St John’s, Anglia Ruskin University, and the town club XPress.

Gates Cambridge sends its condolences and warmest wishes to Silvia’s family, friends and the many people whose lives she touched.

Silvia Breu

Silvia Breu

  • Alumni
  • Germany
  • 2005 PhD Computer Science
  • Newnham College

I am excited about being in Cambridge and I hope to sharpen my skills, to broaden my view, and to meet exciting people. I work on the automated analysis of software and related artifacts. In particular, I like to improve the quality of software systems. I tackle this problem by helping programmers to identify functionality that is spread over a system but could be bundled for improved understanding and maintainability. At Cambridge, I am looking forward to finding mutually inspiring discussions as well as collaboration with people from inside and outside my field.

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