Philip Emeagwali

Washington, Dc, United States
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Philip Emeagwali — war survivor, supercomputer pioneer, and according to readers of London-based New African magazine, history's 35th greatest person of African descent — has been described by President Bill Clinton as "one of the great minds of the Information Age," as well as "the Bill Gates of Africa." He has been called "a father of the Internet" by CNN and TIME. Emeagwali won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, the Nobel Prize of supercomputing.

Last year, he delivered a dozen high-profile keynote addresses at colleges and high-tech conferences around the world. His lectures on incisive contemporary, technological and futuristic issues that affect the African Diaspora receive standing ovations and have a sense of longevity that finds expression in newspaper headlines and rave reviews on thousands of Web sites long after they are delivered.