August 23, 1954 Phillip Emeagwali, engineer, computer scientist, and geologist, was born in Akure, Nigeria.
Emeagwali earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Oregon State University in 1977, his Master of Science degree in civil engineering from George Washington University in 1981, and his Master of Arts degree in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1986.
In 1989, he was one of two winners of the Gordon Bell Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, for his use of the Connection Machine supercomputer. That machine consisted of over 65,000 parallel processors to help analyze petroleum fields. Emeagwali earned a Ph. D. in scientific computing from the University of Michigan in 1993.
He has received numerous other awards and recognitions and was voted the greatest African scientist of all-time in a survey by New African magazine.