The more you know… Philip Emeagwalie
By Elisheba Moore
Whether it’s social media, doing a research project for school, work assignments, or our many google searches, we now know who to thank for creating the fastest computer. Say it with me… Philip Emeagwalie. Due to financial hardship at home, Philip Emeagwali was forced to drop out of school at age 14. However, this didn’t stop him from becoming one of the greatest computer pioneers of our time. In fact, he’s often called “The Bill Gates of Africa.”
As an adult, Emeagwali began studying nature, specifically bees. The construction of the honeycombed inspired him to rethink computer processing. In 1989, he put this idea to work, using 65,000 processes to invent the world’s first super computer—able to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second.
Philip is currently is currently still alive today at the age of 63 recognized as one of the best Nigerian education computer scientist.