Philip Emeagwali -Engineer and Computer Scientist

Dr. Philip Emeagwali


Dr. Philip Emeagwali, mathematician, computer scientist and engineer, was born In Nigeria.  He attended Oregon State University, Washington State University and University of Michigan, earning Masters Degrees in civil engineering, marine engineering and mathematics with a Doctorate in scientific computering.

Dr. Emeagwali is known for “The Connection Machine,” a machine that uses 65,000 computers linked in parallel to form the fastest computer on earth.  It performs 3.1 billion calculations per second.  As a result of this enormous success, he was awarded the Gordon Bell Prize in 1989.  Other awards included “The Distinguished Scientist Award in 1991 and the Nigerian Achiever Award in 1994.  Many consider him to be “The Father of the Internet.”