Meet the father of the internet.. Of course you never heard of him because he is from Africa and the main stream media wouldn’t want to brand the “creator of the internet” ti*le to a African American man.

Philip Emeagwali, a computer scientist, is but one example. He uses his mathematical and computer expertise to develop methods for extracting more petroleum from oil fields.

It was his formula that used 65,000 separate computer processors to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second in 1989. That feat led to computer scientists comprehending the capabilities of supercomputers and the practical applications of creating a system that allowed multiple computers to communicate. He is recognized as one of the fathers of the Internet.

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Supercomputers range in price from $30 million to $100 million, and computer companies had reservations about building them for fear few agencies would make such pricey purchases.

“At that time, the argument was, ‘We shouldn’t build computers that way because who can program them?’ ” said Emeagwali, who is also a civil engineer. “I answered that question by successfully programming them.”

Future applications for Emeagwali’s breakthroughs with the use of data generated by massively parallel computers include weather forecasting and the study of global warming. CNN

Another article about Philip Emeagwali

It’s hard to say who invented the Internet. There were many mathematicians and scientists who contributed to its development; computers were sending signals to each other as early as the 1950s. But the Web owes much of its existence to Philip Emeagwali, a math whiz who came up with the formula for allowing a large number of computers to communicate at once.

Emeagwali was born to a poor family in Akure, Nigeria, in 1954. Despite his brain for math, he had to drop out of school because his family, who had become war refugees, could no longer afford to send him. As a young man, he earned a general education certificate from the University of London and later degrees from George Washington University and the University of Maryland, as well as a doctoral fellowship from the University of Michigan.

At Michigan, he participated in the scientific community’s debate on how to simulate the detection of oil reservoirs using a supercomputer. Growing up in an oil-rich nation and understanding how oil is drilled, Emeagwali decided to use this problem as the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Borrowing an idea from a science fiction story about predicting the weather, Emeagwali decided that rather than using 8 expensive supercomputers he would employ thousands of microprocessors to do the computation.

The only step left was to find 8 machines and connect them. (Remember, it was the 80s.) Through research, he found a machine called the Connection Machine at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which had sat unused after scientists had given up on figuring out how to make it simulate nuclear explosions. The machine was designed to run 65,536 interconnected microprocessors. In 1987, he applied for and was given permission to use the machine, and remotely from his Ann Arbor, Michigan, location he set the parameters and ran his program. In addition to correctly computing the amount of oil in the simulated reservoir, the machine was able to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second.

The crux of the discovery was that Emeagwali had programmed each of the microprocessors to talk to six neighboring microprocessors at the same time.

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The success of this record-breaking experiment meant that there was now a practical and inexpensive way to use machines like this to speak to each other all over the world. Within a few years, the oil industry had seized upon this idea, then called the Hyperball International Network creating a virtual world wide web of ultrafast digital communication.

The discovery earned him the Insti*ute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers’ Gordon Bell Prize in 1989, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, and he was later hailed as one of the fathers of the Internet. Since then, he has won more than 100 prizes for his work and Apple computer has used his microprocessor technology in their Power Mac G4 model. Today he lives in Washington with his wife and son.

“The Internet as we know it today did not cross my mind,” Emeagwali told TIME. “I was hypothesizing a planetary-sized supercomputer and, broadly speaking, my focus was on how the present creates the future and how our image of the future inspires the present.”

Time

President Bill Clinton on Philip Emeagwali



“One of the great minds of the Information Age”

Isn’t it funny how many of you never knew this before, when it has been published by major publications like Time and CNN just to name a few? Why hasn’t their been a docu*entary or any reference to his story in the history books our children read? Why is Africa so behind on internet connections when it was founded in Africa?

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  • BIG EL

    Never knew about this guy. Knowledge is power.

  • MoorThugRelated

    I knew about him. A brother from Detroit MI started Comcast too. Say all that to say that blacks do contribute to the medical and tech field.

  • Black People

    Yes black people created a lot technology, in the software, hardware, medical, communications sectors, but where are the monetary rewards from those inventions. Where are the billions of dollars from their technical work?

    • Jonathan Duffy

      What other examples do you have of black people creating things in said sectors?

  • BzB

    i’m aware of phillip emeagwali’s contributions to the creation of the internet. definite proof that we have had a hand in many of the great accomplishments across many industries and technological revolution. he should be careful to share his credit with the team of people that made it happen. there were others including blacks that contributed to this as well, too many for one person to take credit for.

    • Jonathan Duffy

      Your juvenile use of English has lowered the standard of discourse on this comment thread. Please consider rereading what you write before you post it so that we, as a community, can gain some insight into what you think/feel about the article above.

      • Greg4422

        Isn’t English a bastardize language? which really is nothing more than a collection of words the white man STOLE…from other actual languages? Notice there’s no words of English origins…all the words of the English language are poached from other sources…it’s amusing when someone speak of PROPER ENGLISH…because I have to inquire…how do you start out as a bastard and arrive at proper?

        • jamar.xyz

          agree 100%…f#ck the proper english language….most of the words you look up in the dictionary arent even the real definition….it’s just a european version.

      • jamar.xyz

        the heck with proper english ….the language is stolen from older languages just like everything else the english get their hands on.

  • Jonathan Duffy

    So are we totally going to forget ARPANET?

    “The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was one of the world’s first operational packet switching networks, the first network to implement TCP/IP, and the progenitor of what was to become the global Internet. The network was initially funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA) within the U.S. Department of Defense for use by its projects at universities and research laboratories in the US. The packet switching of the ARPANET, together with TCP/IP, would form the backbone of how the Internet works. The packet switching was based on concepts and designs by American engineer Paul Baran, British scientist Donald Davies[1][2] and Lawrence Roberts of the Lincoln Laboratory.[3] The TCP/IP communication protocols were developed for ARPANET by computer scientists Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf, and also incorporated some designs from Louis Pouzin.” –
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET

  • Goldie_s4s

    Good lookin out Phil

  • yvonne cole

    Yes really, what is it u cannot believe,?

  • Vanquish

    This article is pure garbage — the headline states a black man invented the internet then it says “he’s one of the fathers of the internet” so which one is it? Contradictory to the utmost degree. However no one individual invented the internet. Many individuals contributed to internet innovation and the precursor for the internet was ARPANET and funded by the US government. Vint Cerf and Robert E Kahn created the TCP (transmission control protocol) and IP (internet protocol) that are the most essential protocols that allow computers to connect to a network and exchange information.

    Sources:
    http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001016.htm
    http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/invention-of-the-internet
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_pioneers

    Enough said.

    • shut cho’ ass up.

      • incognito

        truth hurts?

      • Vanquish

        Ad hominem at its finest. I prove this poorly written article wrong with reputable sources and you can’t respond in a logical manner.

        Philip Emeagwali had nothing to do with the Internet — his claims of being an Internet pioneer are based off lies and self-aggrandizement. Tell me how did Emeagali contribute to the development of the Internet? Hint: you can’t tell me.

        Did he invent TCP/IP? No. E-mail? No. Ethernet? No. Nothing. He’s a charlatan and that’s the reason you can’t tell me how he contributed to the development of the internet. He (Philip Emeagwali) had an achievement in personal computing back in the 1980’s, that’s it.

        • Santola Edu

          you’re dumb ?

          or you do ignorantly?

          protocol tcp / ip internet not only a worldwide communication protocol is like a key to globalizing the internet before the international Protoco the internet was ever invented for military use
          the TCP / IP protocol was for domestic use and commercial
          you are from KKK

          • DAT WHITE BOI

            TCP / IP protocal is faulty at best and created huge problems, maybe blacks just made internet worse.

    • Mwana WaMwari

      Modibo Diarra from Mali, Africa: spent seven years doing voluntary work at NASA and NASA would not employ him and when they did, what happened? : Magellan to Venus , Ulysses towards the poles of the Sun , Galileo to Jupiter and Mars Observer and Mars Pathfinder to the planet in March . He is director of educational program Mars Exploration Program Education and Public Outreach ( “Mars Outreach”) of NASA……but you dont hear of him. If he was white…..I just leave it out there. Lets give credit where it due!

    • Santola Edu

      you’re dumb ?

      or you do ignorantly?

      protocol tcp / ip internet not only a worldwide communication protocol is like a key to globalizing the internet before the international Protoco the internet was ever invented for military use

      the TCP / IP protocol was for domestic use and commercial

    • Santola Edu

      Dr Emeagwali Philip (b. August 23, 1954), is a Nigerian computer scientist. Philip Emeagwali was voted the 35th greatest African of all time in a survey for New African magazine, it was announced on August 26, 2004. Emeagwali also ranked as the greatest African scientist ever.He first entered the limelight in 1989 when he won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for his work with massively parallel computers. He programmed the Connection Machine to compute a world record 3.1 billion calculations per second using 65,536 processors to simulate oil reservoirs. With over 41 inventions submitted to the U.S.

      The child of a poor Nigerian family, Emeagwali was largely self-taught in the sciences until 1974, when he won a scholarship to Oregon State University.

      He was born in Akure (Nigeria) in 1954. His school experience was much the same as other native African children. He even had to drop out of school at the age of 14 because his father could not pay his school fees and he was also conscripted into the Biafran war. During his few early years in school, Philip showed a proficiency in mathematics. His father encouraged him to continue his education and even tried to tutor him until Philip “knew more than he did.”

      After dropping out of high school Philip immersed himself in the public library, reading and studying such subjects as college-level mathematics, physics chemistry and English. When he was 17, he received a scholarship to Oregon State University. He arrived at the University in 1974 and has since earned four other degrees – a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan along with two Masters Degrees from the George Washington University.

      He uses his mathematical and computer expertise to develop methods for extracting more petroleum from oil fields. Future applications for Emeagwali’s breakthroughs with the use of data generated by massively parallel computers ends not only in internet applications but will include weather forecasting and the study of global warming.

      This record of achievements even surpassed the expensive super computers in the U.S. He used his computer to help scientists understand how oil flowed underground. The crux of the discovery was that Emeagwali had programmed each of the microprocessors to talk to six neighboring microprocessors at the same time.

      The success of this record-breaking experiment meant that there was now a practical and inexpensive way to use machines like this to speak to each other all over the world. Within a few years, the oil industry had seized upon this idea, then called the Hyperball International Network creating a virtual world wide web of ultrafast digital communication.

      The discovery earned him the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers’ Gordon Bell Prize in 1989, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, and he was later hailed as one of the fathers of the Internet. Since then, he has won more than 100 prizes for his work and Apple computer has used his microprocessor technology in their Power Mac G4 model. Today he lives in Washington with his wife and son. His wife Dale Brown Emeagwali is a well-known microbiologist and cancer researcher.

      For someone who was born with little, Philip Emeagwali was able to achieve a lot and has served as an inspiration to millions of people, especially in Nigeria. Former United States President Bill Clinton summed up worldwide sentiment by declaring Emeagwali “One of the great minds of the Information “.

  • also I found this week, black man at IBM created PC (the modern way we use them/ not the computing kind duh…) and so now we have black internet, which leads to AFrican (so called) americans finding research on us being the true Israelites , Creator’s only chosen people. my oppression has turned to blessings! halleluyah.

    • Mwana WaMwari

      And he also created the chip thats on pc, credit card. Like the scriptures said, Daniel 12:4, in the last days knowledge will be increased and the truth shall come out.

  • Chuck Hamrick

    And I always thought that Al Gore invented the internet…LOL…credit due to those who actually contributed to the technologies we take for granted today! Truth is always better than fiction! Sad that skin color has ever gotten in the way of giving credit where credit is due. We can do better…and we should!

    • DarkwarrioR

      This article is load of crap conspiracy theory and please don’t belittle the term “truth”.

      • Beverly Joyce Boykin

        You are just a racist who wants to hold on to the belief you were raised on that Black people don’t know as much as white people, are not as smart as white people and have not contributed anything of value in this world. Good buddy if it were not for Black people, the Union would have lost the war to the confederate, treasonous south. The thousands of Black soldiers who fought for the union turned the tide of the war and saved this nation along with a Black woman, Harriet Tubman, know the for underground railroad that freed many Black people kidnapped and held hostage in slavery and got them to the north, Canada and Nova Scotia to be free. Well the president of the united states in her day, knowing her skill at being able to get into places and get out of them sucessfully, realized this country needed her to scout and train scouts for the Union to find out the war plans of Robert E. Lee. The president sent people out searching for Harriet Tubman, promising her that she would not be captured for that bounty on her head; rather, he needed to speak with her about a matter that concerned the nation. She met with him, agreed to scout for this country and train white scouts. She was able to get into Robert E. Lee’s camp, heard his war plans and took that information back to the Union military generals who used that information to beat the south and make Robert E. Lee surrender. That is why she has been selected to be put on the 20 dollar bill. You need to read real history that includes black people to Learn the TRUTH.
        Another example the movie that is in the theaters now which tells the story of a Black female mathematician, Katherine Johnson so highly skilled in math that it was her math calculations that enabled NASA to get to the moon. Katherine G. Johnson is a pioneer in American space history. A NASA mathematician, Johnson’s computations have influenced every major space program from Mercury through the Shuttle program. Johnson was hired as a research mathematician at the Langley Research Center with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the agency that preceded NASA, after they opened hiring to African-Americans and women. Johnson exhibited exceptional technical leadership and is known especially for her calculations of the 1961 trajectory for Alan Shepard’s flight (first American in space), the 1962 verification of the first flight calculation made by an electronic computer for John Glenn’s orbit (first American to orbit the earth), and the 1969 Apollo 11 trajectory to the moon. In her later NASA career, Johnson worked on the Space Shuttle program and the Earth Resources Satellite and encouraged students to pursue careers in science and technology fields.

  • DGood

    He wrote a computer program that had and has nothing to do with internet. Do a damn Google or wiki search before you believe everything that has the black seal of approval on it

    • King Jess

      google and wiki are not facts its lies and opinions. That Alan Turing guy wrote a computer program

    • Vanquish

      Exactly.

      • Santola Edu

        Of Ku Klux Klan has mental problems

        He is the pioneer in internet, one of the internet parents

        what is your problem if it was not his idea would not exist internet

        fucking racist voces I tou ched of you

      • Santola Edu
      • Santola Edu

        do not trust wikipedia

      • Santola Edu

        tcp / ip is not internet but a part of it, as the OSI model

        before Osi model and TCP / IP existed internet in the military domain based on Philip Emeagwal programs

    • Santola Edu

      you’re dumb ?
      or you do ignorantly?
      protocol tcp / ip internet not only a worldwide communication protocol is like a key to globalizing the internet before the international Protoco the internet was ever invented for military use
      the TCP / IP protocol was for domestic use and commercial

    • Santola Edu

      Dr Emeagwali Philip (b. August 23, 1954), is a Nigerian computer scientist. Philip Emeagwali was voted the 35th greatest African of all time in a survey for New African magazine, it was announced on August 26, 2004. Emeagwali also ranked as the greatest African scientist ever.He first entered the limelight in 1989 when he won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for his work with massively parallel computers. He programmed the Connection Machine to compute a world record 3.1 billion calculations per second using 65,536 processors to simulate oil reservoirs. With over 41 inventions submitted to the U.S.

      The child of a poor Nigerian family, Emeagwali was largely self-taught in the sciences until 1974, when he won a scholarship to Oregon State University.

      He was born in Akure (Nigeria) in 1954. His school experience was much the same as other native African children. He even had to drop out of school at the age of 14 because his father could not pay his school fees and he was also conscripted into the Biafran war. During his few early years in school, Philip showed a proficiency in mathematics. His father encouraged him to continue his education and even tried to tutor him until Philip “knew more than he did.”

      After dropping out of high school Philip immersed himself in the public library, reading and studying such subjects as college-level mathematics, physics chemistry and English. When he was 17, he received a scholarship to Oregon State University. He arrived at the University in 1974 and has since earned four other degrees – a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan along with two Masters Degrees from the George Washington University.

      He uses his mathematical and computer expertise to develop methods for extracting more petroleum from oil fields. Future applications for Emeagwali’s breakthroughs with the use of data generated by massively parallel computers ends not only in internet applications but will include weather forecasting and the study of global warming.

      This record of achievements even surpassed the expensive super computers in the U.S. He used his computer to help scientists understand how oil flowed underground. The crux of the discovery was that Emeagwali had programmed each of the microprocessors to talk to six neighboring microprocessors at the same time.

      The success of this record-breaking experiment meant that there was now a practical and inexpensive way to use machines like this to speak to each other all over the world. Within a few years, the oil industry had seized upon this idea, then called the Hyperball International Network creating a virtual world wide web of ultrafast digital communication.

      The discovery earned him the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers’ Gordon Bell Prize in 1989, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, and he was later hailed as one of the fathers of the Internet. Since then, he has won more than 100 prizes for his work and Apple computer has used his microprocessor technology in their Power Mac G4 model. Today he lives in Washington with his wife and son. His wife Dale Brown Emeagwali is a well-known microbiologist and cancer researcher.

      For someone who was born with little, Philip Emeagwali was able to achieve a lot and has served as an inspiration to millions of people, especially in Nigeria. Former United States President Bill Clinton summed up worldwide sentiment by declaring Emeagwali “One of the great minds of the Information “.

      You know how to read it?

    • Santola Edu
      • DarkwarrioR

        >Do not trust wikipedia
        >links a random website that has exactly 0 credibility
        >Calls others dumb

        Irony is strong with this one.

    • Santola Edu

      tcp / ip is not internet but a part of it, as the OSI model
      before Osi model and TCP / IP existed internet in the military domain based on Philip Emeagwal programs
      ok

  • dark

    If this man invented the internet, then why is he not mentioned even once in wiki and other reputable sources? Oh of course it’s a conspiracy. Yeah and 9/11 was really an inside job, of course…. retards.

    • oskie

      and UFO’s, Bigfoot, the Loch ness Monster are real….silly wypipo