Saturday, February 15, 2014

Afrakans in Amuraka: Black History Month Profile - Philip Emeagwali

The internet owes much of its existence to Philip Emeagwali,  who created the formula that made it possible multiple computers to communicate with one another at once.

Philip Emeagwali is a Nigerian Afrakan engineer and computer scientist/geologist who was one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, a prize from the IEEE, for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyze petroleum fields. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Oregon State University in 1977. During this time, he worked as a civil engineer at the Bureau of Land Reclamation in Wyoming. He later moved to Washington DC, receiving in 1986 a master's degree from George Washington University in ocean and marine engineering, and a second master's in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland. He is married to Dale Brown Emeagwali, a noted American Afrakan microbiologist.

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