Philip Emeagwali Awards, Prizes, Honors

Philip Emeagwali A Father of the Internet
Emeagwali (third from bottom right) was voted history's 35th greatest African.

1954 Breathed his first air in late afternoon Monday August 23, 1954 in a hospital in Akure in then British West African colony of Nigeria.
1964 Recognized (by St. John's School, Agbor) as hometown's calculating prodigy, the fastest human computer.
1965 Recognized (by Common Entrance Examiners) as a math prodigy.
1970 Nicknamed "Calculus" at age 15 for his precocity and after his 568-page book on "infinitesimal calculus" and his "calculo analog computer."
1972 Mentioned in the science column of the Daily Times of Nigeria at age 17.
1973 Won a scholarship to the United States through word-of-mouth recommendation.
1974 Began 17 years of full time university studies on various scholarships and fellowships (March 24).
1974 Conceived hyperball network of 64,000 computers around the world, now called an internet.
1974 First newspaper interview in Oregon, United States at age 19.
1980s Delivered progress-report lectures on his 16-year constructive program-to-practice of his hyperball to hypercube internet.
1989 becomes first personal website, with "First Use" date of June 22, 1989
1989 The first and only lone and solitary programmer to program sixteen supercomputers, each powered by up to two-to-power sixteen computers.
1989 Won Gordon Bell Prize, the highest honor in supercomputing.
1990 Garnered international headlines for solving one of the 20 most difficult problems in computing
1991 Scientist of the Year, National Society of Black Engineers
1993 Computer Scientist of the Year, National Technical Association
1993 IEEE Distinguished Supercomputer Visitor
1995 ACM Distinguished Supercomputer Lecturer
1995 Pioneer of the Year, National Society of Black Engineers
1996 50th anniversary tributes to the Fathers of the Computer
1996 Voted Essence magazine's ten most beautiful men (June 1996)
1996 America's Best & Brightest, Dollars & Sense magazine
1996 Distinguished Eagle Achievement Award, Nigerian Eagles Society
1996 Nigerian Achiever of the Year, Network Africa
1998 Distinguished Scientist Award, World Bank & IMF
1999 100 Greatest Nigerians of all time (Internet survey)
1999 Influencers and Innovators of the Internet, MOBE
1999 Pioneer of the Internet, History of the Internet
1999 100 Years of Black Achievement, Ebony magazine (December 1999)
2000 Gallery of Prominent Refugees, United Nations
2001 Who's Who in 20th Century America
2001 Best Scientist in Africa, Pan African Broadcasting, Heritage and Achievement Awards
2002 100 Most Influential Blacks in America, Savoy magazine, Jun. '02 and Aug. '03
2002 The Eagle Award (London)
2002 Africa's Most Famous Scientist (best-known Africans of all time)
2003 Extolled by the United States Congress for contributions to humanity.
2003 World's Most Searched-For Scientist
2003 Second Most Searched-For Nigerian
2003 Eighth Most Searched-For African
2004 Ranked history's #1 scientist of African descent.
2004 Voted History's 35th Greatest African
2005 Doctor of Science honoris causa
2005 "Round of Applause" for The Father of the Internet, House of Representatives, Illinois
2005 Voted African of the Year
2005 Toyota Salutes Emeagwali for helping "us all move forward ... to the age of information" in hundreds of magazines and radio stations.
2006 Two postage stamps honor Emeagwali as a "supercomputer genius."
2007 Commonwealth of Virginia extolled the creative genius and contributions of ... Philip Emeagwali.
2007 Proclamation of April 18 as Philip Emeagwali Day in City of Lansing, Michigan.
2007 Resolution recognizing "A Father of the Internet," City of East Lansing a.k.a. "Home of Michigan State University."
2007 Special Tribute in Michigan House of Representatives for "tremendous impact on the state of Michigan."
2007 Award from Governor of Michigan for "tireless contributions" to Michigan.
2007 History's 70 Greatest Black Achievers.
2007 "Unsung Hero" Behind the Internet, TIME magazine.
2008 "Eight Africans You Should Know," Ebony magazine.
2008 recognized as well-known trademark.
2009 Headlined Kshitij (Asia's largest techno-management festival) as the "Father of Supercomputer"
2009 Emeagwali named in stamps, schools, streets, sci-fi and songs.
2009 Emeagwali Conference: First biennial science festival.
2009 Exam Syllabi: Featured in national exams (e.g. essay portion of Sept' 09 U.S. Law School Admission Test)
2009 Inventors & Trailblazers: Ask your public librarian for books.
2009 Voted top 20 Living Legends in Nigeria in poll by Vanguard newspaper and STV television.
2010 Emeagwali Prize: A newly instituted award honoring African scientists.
2011 Emeagwali Conference: Biennial technology festival.
2012 Ten Highest IQs in History.
2012 Google Most-Searched: black scientist and inventor
2012 Google Most-Searched: For "Nigerian Father ...."
2012 Google Most-Searched: For "African Father ...."
2012 Google Most-Searched: For "Father of the Internet."
2012 Google Most-Searched: For contributions to the development of the computer.
2012 Google Most-Searched: For "Father of Supercomputer."

Philip Emeagwali A Father of the Internet

The above hyperball network was invented by Emeagwali. Although it was originally inspired and designed as an international network of computers for forecasting the weather for the whole Earth it is, in many ways, similar to what we now call the Internet. In its early years, the Internet was a planar network covering parts of the United States. It has now converged to a hyperball "world wide" network covering the entire Earth. In the 1990s, the vector supercomputer was reinvented as a hypercube supercomputer. In a few decades, the computer will "disappear" into the Internet and, in essence, converge to a hyperball-shaped computing and communicating device. Then we will say that the supercomputer is the network, or that the hyperball network is the computer, or that the hyperball network is the Internet.

History of the Internet

Many books on the History of the Internet called Emeagwali a supercomputer and Internet pioneer.

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- for Philip Emeagwali

(June 2005)

Son of Africa,
supercomputer pioneer,
a visionary father of the Internet,
we honor you.

We heed Kwame Nkrumah’s warning that,
“socialism without science is void”
in honoring you
for crowning Africa
with shining scientific discoveries.
Nnamdi Azikiwe said,
“Originality is the essence
of true scholarship.
Creativity is the soul
of the true scholar.”
You exemplify both.

You discovered a formula
that enables computers
powered by 65,000 subcomputers
to work as one supercomputer
that performs
the world’s fastest calculations.

Your discoveries
inspired the reinvention
of supercomputers,
as part computer and part internet
as a union
of 65,000 subcomputers
computing and communicating by email.

You theorized
that 65,000 computers
around the Earth
could work as one
to forecast the weather.
This theoretical supercomputer,
with 65,000 nodes,
is known today as the Internet.

For your bold theory,
the book History of the Internet,
CNN and TIME magazine have called you
“a father of the Internet.”

You solved
the most difficult problem
in supercomputing
by reformulating
Newton’s Second Law of Motion
as 18 equations and algorithms,
then as 24 million algebraic equations;
you programmed
65,000 subcomputers
to send 65,000 emails, work as one and solve
those 24 million equations
at a speed
of 3.1 billion calculations per second.

Your 65,000 subcomputers,
24 million equations
and 3.1 billion calculations
were three world records,
garnered international headlines,
made mathematicians rejoice,
and caused your fellow Africans
to beam with pride.

Your discovery that
65,000 subcomputers
could work as a supercomputer and an internet
is foundational knowledge
that gave rise to the
ten billion dollar a year
supercomputer industry
and paved the way
to solving problems
that were once thought
to be unsolvable
and improved life
for millions.

A poll by the London-based
New African magazine
ranked you as
history's greatest scientist
of African descent.

After you won
the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize,
the Nobel Prize of supercomputing,
President Bill Clinton called you
“one of the great minds of the Information Age,”
as well as "the Bill Gates of Africa"
and referred to
computer geniuses as
"another Emeagwali."

By expanding
the limits of computing,
you helped us all
move forward
into the age of information.

Mr. Chancellor,
for his groundbreaking discoveries
and for the sheer force of his mind,
I ask you
to confer
the degree of Doctor of Science,
honoris causa,


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