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Reading: Meet Philip Emeagwali, the high school dropout who invented the world’s first Supercomputer

Meet Philip Emeagwali, the high school dropout who invented the world’s first Supercomputer

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Meet Philip Emeagwali, the high school dropout who invented the world’s first Supercomputer
Meet Philip Emeagwali, the high school dropout who invented the world’s first Supercomputer

Philip Emeagwali, a Nigerian also known as Calculus, has received widespread recognition for his extraordinary achievements in the field of high-performance computing. At the age of just 14, he had already mastered mathematics and was even able to out-calculate his teachers.

Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, Philip had to leave school. However, he persisted in his studies and eventually earned a general certificate of education from the University of London. He was then awarded a full scholarship to Oregon State University, where he majored in mathematics.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Philip went on to earn two master’s degrees from George Washington University, one in marine engineering and one in civil engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Michigan.

Philip’s most notable accomplishment was the creation of The Connection Machine, a program he developed that resolved a 350-year-old packing problem which was regarded as one of the most difficult unsolved mathematical puzzles at the time. The Connection Machine, which was the first supercomputer in history, used 65,000 parallel-connected computers to create the world’s fastest computer. It was capable of performing more calculations per second – 3.1 billion – than the theoretical peak performance of the Cray Supercomputer.

In addition to The Connection Machine, Philip also created the Hyperball computer, which could predict long-term trends in global warming. For his work, he was awarded the Gordon Bell Prize in 1989 for creating high-performance computing programs that modeled oil reservoirs using computational fluid dynamics.

Philip’s incredible achievements in the field of high-performance computing have earned him widespread recognition and praise. He is a true inspiration to young people everywhere, demonstrating that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.
This also is a clear indication that no matter your background and the constrains with perseverance you are sure to break the boundaries.

Phillip from a West African country with limited opportunities to making waves on the big stage with his unique invention.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.