was a wonderful part of the Creativity Foundation family-he embodied the sprit of creativity
in each and every thing he
mind to: in business, entrepreneurship, and in public service.
was a warm andgenerous person to his
family and friends and to all others who came to know him.
work and studies Philip
was determined to make the world a better place for everyone.
joy and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his
Born in New Jersey and raised in rural Wisconsin, Philip Streich
has loved science as long as he
can remember, and living on a farm was "like owning a huge laboratory.
It also gave him firsthand experience with environmental problems like soil erosion, pollution, and drought.
was home-schooled from 7th grade through high school, took online courses from Stanford University
, and attended courses at University of Wisconsin Platteville
, where he
was drawn to nanotechnology research.
contradicted previous assumptions and proved that carbon nanotubes are thermodynamically soluble.
findings may hold the key to using nanoparticles in revolutionary applications, like space elevators, tiny fast nanocomputers, and efficient and inexpensive solar cells.
research entailed designing and building measurement equipment more precise than commercial instruments, and Philip
holds numerous patents for his
won the 2007 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award.
In 2008 he was named a Davidson Fellow Laureate, was honored by Discover magazine as one of the Discover 50 "Best Brains in Science," and was the youngest and first non-faculty member to be named a University of Wisconsin System "Innovative Scholar of the Year.
work has been published in the magazines Science
and Advanced Materials, and the company he
cofounded, Graphene Solutions, was featured in Business Week
and won the 2008 WI Governor's Business Plan top award.
As a 2009 Intel Science Talent Search finalist, Philip
was elected by the other finalists to win the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for scientific communication and the Creativity Foundation's
2009 Legacy Medal for his
exceptional creative promise as a scientist and entrepreneur.
Philip's interests are not confined to science, though.
In 2006, he
took top honors in his
state for Piano and Vocal Solo and was National German Exam Winner the following year.
will enter Harvard
this fall, where he
hopes to combine studies in chemistry, physics, and molecular biology.
Politics is another of his passions: Philip is founder and president of Grant County Youth Democrats and is the elected treasurer of the Democratic Party of Grant County.