Remembered as Friend, Scientist
Philip Streich '13
'13, second from left, poses with his
freshman roommates from Weld on the day of Freshman Convocation.
In addition to being a talented intellectual, Streich
was also a social force for his
Philip V. Streich '13, a Harvard student known for his exceptionally broad range of enthusiastic commitments, died in an accident Tuesday on his family's farm near Platteville, Wis., Leverett House administrators wrote in an email Sunday.
At times an enthusiastic entrepreneur, a scientific prodigy, a political activist, a record producer, and a grandiose party host, Streich
carved himself a Gatsby-esque role among the Class of 2013 during its first year at Harvard
Friends said Sunday that he will be remembered not only for his impressive accolades but also for serving as a socially unifying force for his freshman class.
arrived at Harvard his
freshman year already more famous than most students.
A native of Princeton, N.J., who moved to Wisconsin in middle school, he
had received numerous science awards, including the prestigious Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, and had co-founded a nanotechnology company.
At 14, Streich enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he began research on nanotechnology.
A discovery about the solubility of nanotubes led him to co-found Graphene Solutions, which he continued to work on even as a student at the College.
He left Harvard during his sophomore year to work more on the company and his many other projects.
had earned renown as a teenage scientist, friends say that he
was more interested in what he
could accomplish socially on campus.
sought out the "quintessential college experience," Pforzheimer said.
determined that his
dorm room in Weld would not provide ample space for the kind of entertaining he
rented an office in the Square to create a novel social space for freshmen.
Even with the dedicated social space, Pforzheimer said a steady stream of students came to their door in Weld just for a chance to meet Streich
Chloe L. Altchek '13-'14, who lived in Streich
's entryway in Weld, said classmates referred to Streich as "the super genius.
During conversations about his research, Altchek said Streich
was down-to-earth about his accomplishments.
Though friends said the popularity of Streich
's dorm room led to more than a few run-ins with their entryway proctor, Justin Schoolmaster, Schoolmaster said Streich only got into "the best kind of trouble."
Schoolmaster said there was never a dull moment when Streich
"If I weren't his
proctor and I were in college, I would want to hang out with him too," Schoolmaster said.
Though known primarily around campus for his
scientific work and his
stewardship of "The Property," Streich
had yet more claims to fame.
His Porsche, studded with parking tickets, could frequently be seen parked on De Wolfe Street by Leverett House, where he lived before leaving the College.
In the office, Pforzheimer said Streich
opened up a safe that contained his original tubes of graphene from his research and a solar panel.
broke the solar panel into little pieces and gave one to everyone in the room.
From planning parties to researching nanotechnology and more-in between, Streich found time to serve as his county Democratic Party treasurer in Wisconsin and to found a second company, focused on developing solar energy technology-Streich's efforts were geared toward making a difference.
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