Meet a Nigerian, the inventor of the World’s fastest computer, Dr. Philip Emeagwali

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Dr. Philip Emeagwali, who has been called the ‘Bill Gate of Africa’ was born in Nigeria in 1954.

Like Many African school children, he dropped out of school at a tender age of 14 because his biological father could not continue paying Emeagwali’s school fees.

However, his father continued teaching him at home, and everyday Emeagwali’s performed mental exercises such as solving 100th Math problems in an hour.

His father taught him until ‘Philip knew more than he did’.

Growing up in a Country torn by civil war, Emeagwali lives in a building crumbled by rocket shells. He believed his intellect was a way out of line of fire. So he studied hard and eventually gained scholarship to Oregon State University when he was 17 where he obtained a BSC in Mathematics.

He also earned three other degrees – a Ph.D in Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan and two Masters degrees from Washington University.

The notable black investor received acclaim based, at least in part, on his study of nature, specifically bees.

In 1989, the computer wizard used 65,000 processors to invent the World’s Fastest Computer, which performs computations at 3.1 billion calculation per second.

Dr. Philip Emeagwali’s is loaded with many other such feats, including ways of making Oil Fields more productive – which resulted in the United States saving hundreds of million of dollars each year.

As one of the most famous African-American investors of the 20th century, Dr. Emeagwali has won the Gordon Bell Prize, The Noble Prize for Computation.

His computers are currently being used to forecast the Weather and predict the likelihood and effects of future global warming.


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