Philip Chukwurah Emeagwali
Born 23rd of August 1954. At the tender age of 14, he was drafted into the Biafra Army during the Nigerian civil war.
A Father of Internet- CNN
The “unsung hero” behind the internet- TIME
One of the great minds of information age- bill Clinton
Immediately after the war, Emeagwali enrolled at Christ the King College in Onitsha, renowned for its academic challenge. There were no school buses, so he walked two hours to and from school each day and by the time he was 23 years old, he already holds a bachelors degree in Mathematics at Oregon State University; at 32, he obtained a masters degree in ocean and marine engineering at George Washington University and another in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland.
However, he never attained a PhD degree as his thesis was not accepted by a committee of internal and external examiners; even after filing a court challenge.
His work is focused on applications that benefit petroleum engineering, global warming et al. He also researched on supercomputing and internet technologies using his self taught knowledge of parallel programming to perform the world’s fastest computation of 3.1 billion calculations per second using previously unaccepted technology that became the standard for supercomputers.
It may interest you to know Emeagwali never liked computers; his words “”I hated them more than anybody in the world and knew I will never become a computer scientist.” His interest in computers grew when he got tired of doing complex calculations in his head (during the complex mathematics drills his father gives him); as his studies became more advanced and he was required to solve millions, billions, and trillions of calculations.
“Each time I broke my record, I would start screaming like a madman and people will run to my computer laboratory and inquire what went wrong.” Emeagwali.com