Tuesday, March 20, 2007

More than a Month: Good Looking Out Dr. Phillip Emeagwali


Pic and info below courtesy of
  • African American Registry


  • Peace and blessings,

    A friend of mine sent me an e-mail about
  • Dr. Phillip Emeagwali
  • who is referred to as the "father of the internet. The following info is from The African American Registry. Soak up that knowledge and speekonit...

    "Philip Emeagwali was born on this date 1954. He is a Nigerian computer scientist, and internet pioneer.

    He was raised in the town of Onitsha in South-Eastern Nigeria. Called "Calculus" by his schoolmates, Emeagwali mastered the subject at age 14, and could out-calculate his instructors. He had to drop out of school because his family could not afford to send all eight children. But he continued studying on his own, and after getting a general certificate of education from the University of London.

    At the age of 17, he received a full scholarship to Oregon State University where he majored in math. After graduation, he attended George Washington University and was received two MA’s, one in civil engineering and the other in marine engineering, and a Master's in mathematics from the University of Maryland. He later achieved his doctorate from the University of Michigan in civil engineering (scientific computing).

    During his academic years (1974), Emeagwali read a 1922 science fiction article on how to use 64,000 mathematicians to forecast the weather for the whole Earth. Inspired by that article, he worked out a theoretical scheme for using 64,000 far-flung processors that will be evenly distributed around the Earth, to forecast the weather. He called it a HyperBall international network of computers. Today, an international network of computers is called the Internet.

    Dr. Emeagwali's greatest achievement was his work on The Connection Machine. This instrument utilized 65,000 computers linked in parallel to form the fastest computer on Earth. This computer can perform 3.1 billion calculations per second. This is faster than the theoretical top speed of the Cray Supercomputer. Though he did not "invent" The Connection Machine, his work on it won Philip Emeagwali the Gordon Bell Prize of 1989. The parallel computer was twice as fast as the previous year's computer. The Connection Machine was a great advancement over previous designs built by IBM's design teams of Thomas J. Watson, Jr. and Fred Brook.

    Apple Computer to use his multiprocessing technology to manufacture its dual-processor Power Mac G4, which had a peak speed of 3.1 billion calculations per second; IBM to manufacture its $134.4 million supercomputer, which had a peak speed of 3.1 trillion calculations per second; IBM to announce its plan to manufacture a 65,000-processor supercomputer, which will have a peak speed of 1,000 trillion calculations per second; and every supercomputer manufacturer to incorporate thousands of processors in their supercomputers. Another measure of his influence is that one million students have written biographical essays on him, thousands wrote to thank him for inspiring them.

    President Bill Clinton called him a powerful role model for young people and used the phrase "another Emeagwali" to describe children with the potential to become computer geniuses. Emeagwali considers himself to be "a Black scientist with a social responsibility to communicate science to the Black Diaspora." He has a dual sensibility of being deeply rooted in science while using it as a tool to remind his people in the Diaspora of where they have been and who they are. He also describes his work as a "public intellectual.” He uses his mathematical and computer expertise to develop methods for extracting more petroleum from oil fields.

    During his career, Emeagwali has received many prizes, awards and honors. These include the Computer Scientist of the Year Award of the National Technical Association (1993), Distinguished Scientist Award of the World Bank (1998), Best Scientist in Africa Award of the Pan African Broadcasting, Heritage and Achievement Awards (2001), Gallery of Prominent Refugees of the United Nations (2001), profiled in the book Making It in America as one of "400 models of eminent Americans," and in Who's Who in 20th Century America. In a televised speech, as president, Bill Clinton described Emeagwali as “one of the great minds of the Information Age.”

    His wife, Dale, was born in Baltimore, was educated at Georgetown University School of Medicine, conducted research at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Michigan, and taught at the University of Minnesota. In 1996, she won the Scientist of the Year Award of the National Technical Association for her cancer research. They both live near Washington, D.C. with their 11-year-old son."

    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    What can I say? He is Nigerian!!!!! :) Nigerians are a blessed people. Ask around. LOL

    And also, your "Verse of the day" posting are on point!

    -Young Tem

    Thoughtz said...

    I see you Nigerians holding you down!

    trustintruss said...

    i need to give these details to my students, i know a black man invented the internet, but didn't know how much else he did, good lookin on the knowledge j. also thanx for the media heads up, i missed it, let me know what it was about next time i see u.

    Thoughtz said...

    mos def. Will do