The African Inventor of the Internet!
Now, what names come to mind when someone asks you to name some internet giants? Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, Elon Musk, Philip Emeagwali?
Hold up a second, Philip who? Yep, Philip Emeagwali is a maths genius from Nigeria that inadvertently created the technology that now powers the world wide web according to an article available at www.atlnightspots.com
Born in Akure, Nigeria in 1954 Philip had to drop out of school due to a war where he and his parent became war refugees therefore his parents could no longer afford to send him to school. Later in his young adult life Philip attained a general education certificate in London and later earned degrees from George Washington University and the University of Maryland along with a doctoral fellowship from the University of Michigan.
At Michigan Philip got involved in discussions to do detect oil reserves using the power of supercomputers. Coming from an oil rich nation such as Nigeria gave him an advantage in solving this problem. But, instead of using costly supercomputers, Philip figured a way to get the intended results using thousands of microprocessors.
Philip found a method of connecting 8 machines using a device called the Connection Machine that had sat unused the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The machine was capable of running 65,536 interconnected microprocessors and configured the machine to be able to process 3.1 billion calculations per second.
The result was that he had now invented a way for machines like this to communicate with each other across the globe setting the framework for an extremely fast communication network of computers.