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IFPTE Celebrates Black History Month

Philip Emeagwali

Due to cost, Philip Emeagwali was forced to drop out of school at age 14. But 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."

Born in Nigeria in 1954, Emeagwali's determination to succeed grew out of a life of poverty and little formal education. As an adult, Emeagwali began studying nature, specifically bees. The construction of the honeycombed inspired him to rethink computer processing.

An expert in mathematics, physics, and astronomy, Emeagwali won the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers' Gordon Bell Prize in 1989 for an experiment that used 65,000 processors to perform the world's fastest computation of 3.1 billion calculations per second. Emeagwali's computers are currently being used to forecast the weather and predict future global warming.

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