Sometimes called the "Bill Gates
," 42 year old Phillip Emeagwali is the developer of the world's fastest computer
, a chief officer behind the development of the Internet and a recipient of one of the most prestigious prizes in the computer field, The Gordon Bell Prize.
Philip's greatest success is a radical computer
he programmed to solve important problems. It's called the Connection Machine, it can work faster and do more work than any computer on Earth. It has earned him a place in computer history and several hundred million dollars to boot.
Currently a computer scientist
at University of Michigan, Emeagwali is a frequent expert guest on programs like NPR
and the BBC. Born into poverty
camps in Nigeria the child prodigy won scholarships to OSU at age 17. He went on to earn several Master's degrees from GWU and University of Maryland.