Philip Emeagwali, biography, A Father of the Internet, supercomputer pioneer, Nigerian scientist, inventor

1989 Gordon Bell Prize

Philip And Dale Emeagwali attended the Gordon Bell Prize award ceremony on February 28, 1990. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral Hill Hotel (, in San Francisco, California. For the latest information, contact Philip Emeagwali at 443-850-0850 or for more information.

1989 Gordon Bell Prize Committee Report
"The amount of money at stake is staggering. For example, you can typically expect to recover 10 percent of a field's oil. If you can improve your production schedule to get just 1 percent more oil, you will increase your yield by $400 million (at $20 per barrel in a 20-billion-barrel field). "
MOBIL (oil company)
"He has made a significant accomplishment in a computer science sense. . . . During the time saved, we could do more engineering studies on other oil fields, which saves both time and money."

The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Philip Emeagwali, who took on an enormously difficult problem and, like most students working on Ph.D. dissertations, solved it alone, has won computation't top prize, captured in the past only by seasoned research teams.... If his program can squeeze out a few more percentage points, it will help decrease U.S. reliance on foreign oil."
Detroit Free Press
"[Petroleum reservoir simulators] are like space-age divining rods, and they'll operate much more swiftly and accurately as a result of Emeagwali's work. . . . Emeagwali puts math to work in real world."
UPSTREAM, oil & gas industry publication
"The unorthodox innovator has pushed back the boundaries of oilfield science."


  1. Nature's own numbers man
  2. Making strides in a parallel universe
  3. Inspirations from hard history
  4. Interview of Emeagwali on his discoveries that improved oil exploration
  6. HISTORY OF THE INTERNET: A Chronology, 1843 to Present (Explains Emeagwali's contributions to the Internet and petroleum exploration)

Philip Emeagwali, biography, A Father of the Internet, supercomputer pioneer, Nigerian scientist, inventor
Philip Emeagwali

10 Years Ago

Computer Wizard

Top computing prize goes to a University of Michigan Ph.D. candidate

One of the World's Fastest Humans

Both Gordon Bell Prize Winners Tackle Oil Industry Problems

1989 Gordon Bell Prize Committee Report

Emeagwali's Gordon Bell Prize Report

Emeagwali Puts Maths to Work in Real World



Inventor, scientist pays visit to e-mail pal in New Jersey

He is an Intellectual Inspiration

I Believe I Can Fly!


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