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Seymour Roger Cray

(1925-09-28)September 28, 1925
Died October 5, 1996(1996-10-05) (aged 71)
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Known for Supercomputers
Scientific career
Fields Applied mathematician, computer scientist, and electrical engineer
Institutions Engineering Research Associates
Control Data Corporation
Cray Research
Cray Computer Corporation
SRC Computers

Seymour Roger Cray (September 28, 1925) was an American electrical engineer and supercomputer architect who designed a series of computers that were the fastest in the world for decades, and founded Cray Research which built many of these machines. Called "the father of supercomputing", Cray has been credited with creating the supercomputer industry. Joel S. Birnbaum, then chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard, said of him: "It seems impossible to exaggerate the effect he had on the industry; many of the things that high performance computers now do routinely were at the farthest edge of credibility when Seymour envisioned them." Larry Smarr, then director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois and a physicist, linking him: "He [Seymour Cray] is the Thomas Edison of the supercomputing industry."

Days before his death following an automobile accident an article about him ended: "Cray Research, now owned by Silicon Graphics of Mountain View, Calif., employs 2,000 people in Chippewa Falls, Wis."

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