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The Society was saddened to hear about the passing of one of our alumni recently:
David Wichs, 38, a Westinghouse Science Talent Search 1995 semifinalist, was struck and killed by a collapsing construction crane in New York City on February 5. Three other people were injured by debris from the accident.
Countless news articles and obituaries have honored David as “a man of kindness and generosity,” according to the Associated Press. David graduated from Harvard University with a degree in mathematics and worked for fifteen years at Tower Research Capital, a trading firm. His relatives referred to him as a math whiz.
David’s colleague at Tower Research Capital, Ravi Sarma, said that David was unique from his other colleagues in that he didn’t follow the cutthroat behavior common to the financial world, according to The New York Times. Instead, David found success through his love of math and his ability to connect with others, Sarma said.
Through the Society’s three leading STEM competitions, we’ve come across many ideas worth sharing.
Alexander the Great had Aristotle, Quincy Jones had Ray Charles, Luke Skywalker had Obi-Wan Kenobi—the mentor-mentee relationship is something that runs deep in human culture.
Having “scientist” associated with your name would normally be impressive on its own, but the following Society alumni have “published author” under their credentials as well.